The Healthy Mind, Body and Voice project is a collaboration project among interdisciplinary researchers in clinical psychology, social psychology, and education, Boulder Valley School District partners, and high school and college youth. Together, this team has examined cultural attitudes regarding gender, body image, and mental health, has convened and studied large community education gatherings, and has co-designed an innovative program for application in schools and after-school/summer programs. This program called mind. body. voice. (m.b.v.) is based on one of the most widely studied peer delivery eating disorder prevention programs. Students in m.b.v. learn to talk back to pressures about how girls and women should appear, connect to and listen to their bodies through the use of contemplative practices. The program incorporates discussion, reflection, collaboration, and practice to learn skills to support individual wellness and to take action to change school communities to create a world that values women for who they are and not appearance.
Faculty Affiliate & Research Associate, Renée Crown Wellness Institute • Associate Teaching Professor, Creative Minds & Honors Residential Academic Programs • Faculty Affiliate, Center for African & African American Studies