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The Body Project

As a member of the Trinity Greek community, you will have the opportunity to participate in a very special and unique program, The Body Project. In 2004, accomplishing something that no other sorority system in the nation, local or national, had ever done, Trinity sororities collectively took a leadership role in the area of body image by starting the first evidence-based, sustainable eating disorders prevention program in the country. Members of the Trinity sororities have the distinction of designing a program that regularly contributes to the growing scientific literature on the prevention of eating disorders. As a result, The Body Project truly embodies many Greek life values by combining service, leadership, comradery, and academic achievement.

For many years, The Body Project was overseen by psychology professor Carolyn Becker. The program is now coordinated by Wellness Coordinator Katherine Hewitt and predominately staffed by sorority members. This program discusses the pressures our society currently puts on young women to achieve an unattainable, culturally idealistic body figure, and how we as students can resist these pressures, adopt a healthy lifestyle, and feel comfortable in our own skin. In addition to providing the new sorority members with the chance to learn how to feel more positively about their bodies, The Body Project also provides upperclass members of the Greek community with the chance for leadership and service by becoming peer-facilitators of the program. Members who complete the program and peer-facilitator training gain valuable group leadership experience, and serve as mentors to younger sorority members. Since inception, the Trinity Greek community has committed over 26,000 hours to The Body Project program. Select members whose academic interests coincide with the research component of The Body Project also have the opportunity to oversee the program by becoming research assistants in an experiential learning wellness practicum. Several former Trinity sorority research assistants have co-authored papers published by or submitted to peer-reviewed journals and thirty-four have earned co-authorship on papers or posters presented at national or international conferences. Plus, several of those research assistants have pursued Master's or Doctoral programs, gone to Medical School, or attended Law School.

For questions regarding the The Body Project, please contact Katherine Hewitt, MPH, CHES.