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Promoting Positive Body Image at School

 
Teachers and school staff play a key role in fostering healthy body image. Learn about resources that help promote healthy body image and positive environments.

Teachers and school staff play a key role in fostering healthy body image. Schools are a great place to model healthy acceptance of oneself and appreciation of diversity. It’s also a great opportunity to teach simple but effective health messages, such as:

  • Enjoying exercise
  • Eating healthy
  • Accepting everyone’s strengths and skills

Providing curriculum supports, supportive social and physical environments, and resources on body image for students can promote a healthy school culture. Teachers and school staff can use the following resources to help promote healthy body image and positive environments for students.

Elementary

Elementary & secondary

Elementary

Elementary & secondary

  • Body Pride (external link)
    A program of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC), Body Pride is an accessible, engaging and interactive program for youth K-12 and educators. Workshops address body-image, self-esteem and critical media literacy, and are available for in-school presentations or online.
  • Dove Confident Me: Five Session Program (external link)
    The five-session body confidence teaching resource is designed for educators to help boys and girls 10 - 16 years old to explore in depth the key factors that affect body image and self-esteem in young people. The workshops address key topics including social media, peer pressure, and strategies for promoting and protecting body confidence. Workshop materials include facilitation notes, student activity sheets and presentations with engaging videos. Single session resources are available.
  • Dove Self-Esteem Resources (external link)
    Resources for educators, mentors and parents are designed to help youth understand and deal with feelings about their physical appearance while improving their self-esteem and helping them to reach their full potential.
  • National Eating Disorder Information Centre (external link)
    This website provides ideas for teachers and administrators on how to teach students about general health and contains practical suggestions for prevention programs.
  • Playground Activity Leaders in Schools (P.A.L.S.)
    P.A.L.S. is a peer-led playground leadership program that encourages all children to participate in activities regardless of their gender, size or ability.
  • Supporting Minds (external link)
    This educator’s guide promotes students' mental health and well-being.

Elementary & secondary

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