Friday September 30, 2005

Be a Better You

Events throughout October designed to help people feel better about themselves through exercise, nutrition and body image awareness.

The University of Dayton Women's Center is turning "Love Your Body Day" into a month-long celebration called "Be a Better You: Love Your Body Month." Events are designed to help women and men feel better about themselves through exercise, nutrition and body image awareness. "Love Your Body Day" on Oct. 19 is a national day of self-appreciation sponsored by the National Organization for Women.

"The goal of 'Be A Better You' is to promote a holistic approach to taking care of ourselves," Women's Center Director Lisa Rismiller said. "'Be A Better You' is about more than eating right and exercising, although those are important. It is about being the best person you can be, inside and out. It is about learning to love yourself for who and what you are."

The Body Monologues, based on the popular play The Vagina Monologues, will be a featured event during "Be A Better You." The Body Monologues will present stories, poems and reflections written by students about their bodies. The entries will be displayed throughout campus on pink, life-sized figures.

Other events include "Lee Denim Day," during which faculty and staff will be encouraged to wear their jeans to work in return for pledging a donation for breast cancer research, and guided nature walks through Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum.

"Be A Better You: Love Your Body Month" is sponsored by the UD Women's Center, the women's studies and human resources departments, the UD counseling and health centers, and the UD wellness and residence education programs.

A schedule of events is below.

* Oct. 2: 7 to 8:30 p.m., ArtStreet, University of Dayton student neighborhood, "More than Self-Esteem" with Mary Gamble of Womanline;

* Oct. 4, 13, 19 & 27: (time and location to be announced), faculty/staff brown-bag programs, including "Baby Boomers' Eyes: New Options for Old Problems" on Oct. 13 and "Being in Transition" on Oct. 19;

* Oct. 5: 4.45 p.m., guided walk in Woodland Cemetery, meet at Erma Bombeck historic marker by St. Mary's Hall and the Rike Center for Fine Arts;

* Oct. 7: "Lee Denim Day;"

* Oct. 16: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Virginia W. Kettering Residence Hall, "Who's Driving?" with Becky Cobb of Personally Fit;

* Oct. 23: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Marianist Hall Learning Space, "Portion Distortion" with dietician Nancy Poeschl;

* Oct. 24: (time and location to be announced), The Body Monologues.

In addition, an "Office Walk Out" will be held from noon to 12:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 1 to 1:20 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Friday throughout October starting Oct. 5. Participants will meet at the UD Health Center for the Monday, Tuesday and Friday walks and at Alumni Hall's C-lot entrance for the Friday and 1 p.m. Tuesday walks.

These walkers, as well as those who walk in Woodland Cemetery, will receive free pedometers and be entered into a raffle for a gift certificate from the Walking Store. Door prizes will be awarded at many events. Prizes include gift certificates to restaurants located on Brown Street, a free massage, iTunes gift cards and an iPod.

The Sunday-evening discussions in UD residence halls are not open to the public, but media are welcome to cover any event.

For media interviews, contact Lisa Rismiller at (937) 229-5592 or via e-mail at lisa.rismiller@notes.udayton.edu. For more on the University of Dayton Women's Center, call (937) 229-5390 or go to http://womenscenter.udayton.edu.