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My name is Ranell Toland. I am the Vice President of Greatness Now, a national human development company based in Baltimore, Maryland.
On behalf of Mischa, myself, and the staff hear at Greatness Now we would love to support you in any way possible as you strive to impower women and girls.
Great to hear of your company. My name is Chris Calland, I am an education consultant here in the Uk – myself and a colleague, Nicky Hutchinson, have written a book you may be interested in. The book is called ‘Body image in the Primary school’ and is the first comprehensive, age appropriate curriculum to teach body confidence to young children in schools. It uses a self esteem approach to support children in developing a positive self image and encourages them to challenge the media images that they are bombarded with on a daily basis.
Both government ministers and teachers here in the UK have been very positive about our book and we feel it could also help young children in America.
If you would like any further information, don’t hesitate to contact me
It seems like more and more networks and organizations are created on the subject. This warms my heart! You are doing a great job!
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My name is Chris Calland and I am an education consultant here in the UK. Myself and a colleague, Nicky Hutchinson, have written a book called ‘Body image in the Primary School’ (Published by Routledge)
It’s the first comprehensive age appropriate curriculum for schools to teach young children body confidence. The book includes research, lots of fun activities for teachers to use and guidance for parents – it uses a self esteem approach to support children to feel positive about their own bodies and to challenge the media images they are bombarded with on a daily basis.
The book has been well recieved here by government ministers and teachers – we believe it could also support children in America.
If you want any further information don’t hestiate to get in touch
Great job and thank you!!
Hi, my name is Rose Braisby and I’m currently producing a radio feather about the medias representations of women and the pressures it puts on women from a young age.
I’m currently gathering interviewees on the subject to include in the feature. If all goes well the feature will be broadcast on air in the next couple of months. If you or you know anyone who would be interested in being in the feature please contact me on
This is a fantastic campaign and long overdue.
As a young woman I have so many friends with eating disorders but the importance of body image portrayed in the media is so often overlooked. It’s great to see that someone is finally doing something about it. Thank you, and keep up the good work!
3 years ago I was asked to develop and still facilitate a 50 minute body confidence lesson that we use in our secondary school. It is simple, interactive, fun and thought provoking. We provide it annually through our citizenship curriculum to all students in year 8. This year I created a follow up class for year 9 students. For most teens the struggle with body image and self esteem issues is nearly a Herculean effort to overcome. I suppose if it were overcome at a young age, we would not see the level of dissatisfaction with our adult appearance.
I also facilitate a programme for girls about authenticity, relationships and emotional intelligence. It is based on the Girl 2 World programme devised by Rachel Simmons, who wrote “Odd Girl Out” about relational aggression between girls, and it’s effect. Girls often will use opinion about another girl’s appearance as a weapon. This can have devastating effects. So this campaign must also be about trying to eliminate bullying behaviours amongst girls and boys.
What I don’t understand is how any young person or adult can learn to not judge themselves or others harshly, when many newspapers, magazines and TV programmes glory in doing just that. How does it look to a young person or an adult when they see front page pictures by some paparazzi of some beautiful actress’s cellulite? What message is being sent by gossip magazines sneering at someone’s appearance?
I would also love to support this campaign, and would be happy to help in any way possible.
WHO ARE WE? Body Image Dance Consortium (BID) was formed in April 2011 to produce “Dance 123” – an original music and dance work intended as a basis for developing schools workshops to improve positive body image.
WHAT IS IT FOR? A pilot study collaboration between Newcastle under Lyme College and Staffordshire and Derby Universities (funded by Big Lottery) is about to publish results in two health journals which demonstrate that a BODY IMAGE workshop incorporating dance movement therapy techniques will have unique benefits in relation to self esteem and confidence.
WHAT’S NEXT? Both universities and NULC have agreed to go on to develop a proposal for an extended piece of research based on the pilot, supported by national charity Beat as well as Staffordshire Youth Service, Public Health and Staffordshire Child health service commissioners.
During the next academic year we hope to work with a number of Staffordshire young people to test the pilot study results. Participants will take part in a number of exercises exploring awareness of their bodies to help improve feelings of confidence and self esteem.
Hi, I love what you are trying to achieve here. As someone working in the confidence arena and also as a man, I can feel first hand how these issues of objectifying women affects a man’s ability to function as a “decent” man.
There are loads of stupid things like, “Men think about sex every 7 seconds”, that boys grow up with and it forms a part of their identity. The other thing is the ease of access to pornography, which is very detrimental to the way that men and women come together in love.
I did a survey with a group of men that I know very well and 9 out of 10 of them regularly accessed pornography on the internet. Although it’s only a small sample, what alarmed me was that these men are on a spiritual/personal development path.
This same group discussed openly their experience of sex with their partners and most of them registered a mostly disappointing experience – in fact only 2 had experienced what they described as ecstasy in any of their encounters. In the main this is due to a lack of intimacy and connection with their partner. I’m of the opinion that what men are watching is numbing them to the experience they have in the real world.
Keep up the great work.
With love, Dan
Thanks for the support Dan!
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