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Love Your Body Day with OASIS

By Jelissa Neal
On February 5, 2014

This season, love is in the air. Self-love, that is.
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, the Internet will be exploding with "Forever Alone" and "Love isn't for losers like me" images.
There's no point in celebrating a day shrouded in love if you're single, right?
Wrong. OASIS (Outreach & Advocacy: Sexuality Information for Students) and the Wellness Committee, co-sponsors of Love Your Body Day, are trying to change this way of thinking, and not just on Valentine's Day, but everyday.
"Girls in general have an overall bad image of themselves and their self esteem is pretty low," says Kate Emmerich, a counselor in the Counseling Center and program coordinator of OASIS.
 "We want to challenge the notation that value is equal to beauty."
This day is about breaking down the pressure conform to the stereotypes women (and men) face every single day from the media, peer groups, and even themselves.
Love Your Body Day is in place to help people overcome the harmful mind-set that they are not good enough if they are not what the heavy hitters of society deem worthy of love.
Several organizations will have booths at the event, and each booth will involve interactions related to each person loving his or her own body and educating others on how to treat their body healthily.
The Kappa Delta Sorority, Heroes, FMLA, Women Studies and the Little City Roller Girls are only a few of the many groups that will be helping out.
The Stu dent Health Clinic will be conducting demonstrations on a model about self-breast examinations. There will also be free massages.
Love Your Body Day is on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Ballroom Right of the Culp Center from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission is free, and there will be food, door prizes to the first 100 people and goodies for those who attend.
This event isn't meant to insult those in love or Valentine's Day.
It's meant to raise awareness of the self-hatred that occurs and to let others that it's just as important to love themselves, too.
It's about deconstructing an unhealthy mind-set and building a newer, healthier one.
So, if you're in a relationship, be sure to take the time to do something nice and buy some flowers or chocolate for your significant other, but don't forget about yourself. If you're single, buy your own flowers; you're worthy of something nice, too.
For more information on Love Your Body Day, visit http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org.
 


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