Texas Tech University’s Office of Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE) will host various events with campus partners during “Feed Your Body and Soul Week”, Feb. 22–25, to provide knowledge and activities that will increase physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Supported by the Student Counseling Center, Student Health Services, Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities, University Student Housing, Center for Campus Life, University Recreation, The Elisa Project and Women’s & Gender Studies, FYBS is held in conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, commonly referred to as NEDA.
NEDA reports that 9% of the U.S. population, or 28.8 million Americans, will have an eating disorder at some point in their life, with eating disorders among some of the deadliest mental illnesses, second to only opioid overdose.
A study conducted with 3,500 undergraduate students at Texas Tech by graduate student, Kristin Goodheart (supervised by Jim Clopton, Ph.D., of the Department of Psychological Sciences), found that approximately 1 in every 7 women and 1 in every 20 men at Texas Tech experience clinically suggestive symptoms of eating disorders.
RISE will host seven FYBS events throughout the week:
RISE Peer Educator Tabling
RISE peer educators will be handing out information on eating disorder prevention and overall campus support resources. Students can participate in “a letter to my body.”
• Monday, Feb. 21 from noon-2 p.m. (SUB west plaza)
• Thursday, Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (SUB ballroom)
• Friday, Feb 25 from noon-2 p.m. (SUB west plaza)
Feed Your Body and Soul Resource Fair
A wellness fair where campus and community partners will provide support resources for those struggling with eating disorders, body image or mental health challenges.
• Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (SUB indoor courtyard)
Celebration of Recovery
An open forum where everyone can speak freely without judgment and celebrate the recovery of people who have suffered from eating disorders.
• Thursday, Feb. 24 from 7-8 p.m. (CCRC serenity room)
Real Talk with RISE
A virtual Instagram live discussion about mindful eating and the benefits of maintaining a healthy body image. Follow @TTURISE for access to the live feed.
• Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 3-3:30 p.m. (Instagram live)
Body Project Training
An eating disorder prevention program to improve personal body image. E-mail [email protected] to register.
• Monday, Feb. 21 and Thursday, Feb. 24 from 2-5 p.m. (CCRC serenity room)
A candlelit yoga flow class with the theme of loving, cherishing and fueling your body.
•Thursday, Feb. 24 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (URec, room 121)
Celebrate YOU Dance
An all-levels dance class encouraging body positivity and the celebration of differences.
• Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (URec, room 114)
• RISE: Drane Hall, room 247, (806) 742-2110
• Student Counseling Center: Student Wellness Center, room 201, (806) 742-3674
• Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities: (806) 742-2891, [email protected], eating disorder support
• Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement: Student Union Building, room 201, (806) 742-5433 , [email protected]
• Women & Gender Studies: Drane Hall, room 260, (806) 742-4335, [email protected]
• TTU Crisis Helpline: (806) 742-5555