Month: March 2012
Passive Program of the Month
||University of Colorado Boulder
|Person in charge:
|Target Population: 383
||Time Needed to Organize: 4 hours|
|Number of People in Attendance: 383
||Date(s) of Program: March 10, 2012|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 1
||Cost of Program: $10|
|On-Campus Population: 7300
||Chapter Size: 43|
|Origin of Program:|
In college, many students struggle with health and fitness, gaining
weight, losing weight, and comparing themselves to each other in
relation to their size. Women generally want to be skinny with large
breasts, a small waist, and a fit physique. Men generally want to be
physically fit with a muscular chest and attractive according to media
standards. Every day, college students are told through media,
advertising, and their peers what is considered attractive in
society. Often times, what is considered attractive is un-relastic
and can consume our thoughts. We work towards a goal that might not
be obtainable or even healthy for our bodies. Eating disorders are on
the rise and for some students, making it to the gym is more of a
priority than making it to class.
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
Eva Warner, an RA in Hallett, works as Hallett's Wellness
Coordinator. Every semester, she works to implement a program in
Hallett that speaks to mental, physical, and emotional wellness.
Eva, as well as other RAs in Hallett, have noticed students talking
about their un-realistic views when it comes to size and fitness.
Women in our hall often talk about wanting to be skinnier or not
being able to eat a cookie because they want to look good for spring
break. Men often talk about wanting to be more muscular and
thinking about taking supplements to look bigger and more fit.
Media is often times a main contributor to what students think they
should look like. Therefore, Eva wanted to implement a passive
program that nobody in the hall could pass by and not see.
In March, Eva started her wellness campaign to show students how un-
realistic society can be when it comes to physical fitness. Eva
created the realistic Barbie and the realistic Batman. She cut out
six foot models of Barbie and Batman and how horrible they look with
measurements of real people. Barbie has huge breasts, a very tiny
waist, and strong thighs. Batman has a very large, muscular chest,
and huge thighs that are also very muscular. Eva put the
measurements of Batman and Barbie's body parts on both figures and
showed how un-realistic it would be for a human being to look like
either of these media images we see every day. We are pressured to
look like them, yet its physically impossible for men and women to
look like these media mogules we see all the time.
Eva put up her un-realistic figures in the lobby of Hallett so
nobody walking through the building can miss them!
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|Goals of the program:|
The goal of this program was to educate students about the un-
realistic views we get as a society about physical health. With all
the pressure students get from the media as well as their peers,
this program was meant to show students what the reality is and that
society is giving them messages that are not accurate.
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
Every student who lives in Hallett has seen this passive program.
The poster of Barbie and Batman is huge and something that students
cannot pass without looking at. Every day, students can be seen
stopping on their way to class or the dining hall to look at the
poster and see what information is there. I have seen students talk
about the poster and how funny both Batman and Barbie look as real
people. Students are talking about how societal views are really
influencing their thoughts and decisions on fitness when they are
often very un-realistic and un-healthy.
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
As stated above, this program has shown students that the media
feeds us messages that we have to be skinnier, more muscular, and
more physically fit. In reality, its important to be healthy, but
its also important to know how to be healthy and know that being
healthy comes in all different shapes and sizes.
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
This program can be adapted to any campus. The $10 cost includes
butcher paper to make the poster, scissors, and markers. To make
the realistic characters, the following website can be used:
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