The colors of body diversity: a challenge to feel good about yourself

In September will begin a month of awareness of body diversity. Here are various resources to participate with your class!

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In September will begin a month of awareness of body diversity. Here are various resources to participate with your class!

Crédit : Valérie Bouchard
Credit: Valerie Bouchard

It is on September 1 that a new awareness campaign will begin, initiated by teacher and blogger Julie Philippon. Under a formula similar to that of 30 colors of autism, carried out last year, " The colors of body diversity, #30colors " will present 30 people testifying with an open heart about the relationship they have with their bodies. A great opportunity to discuss the themes of self-respect and respect for others with his students. It will be possible to follow the activities of #30couleurs on the various social networks using the #30couleurs, #30couleursEDU, #diversitécorporelle and #différence tags.

 

Invitation to educators

Do you work with children or adolescents? The challenge is to present one of the testimonials to young people and invite them to present their own color in relation to body diversity, or to carry out an activity related to body image or the repercussions of a bad perception. of his body. The whole aim is to raise awareness of difference and respect.

Whether by sharing personal experiences, a circle of acquaintances, a survey, a discussion, a scketchnote, a video on body image or, why not, on the influence that the media have on the perception of our own body, there are a multitude of productions to be made to make young people aware of self-acceptance , differences and respect for them. Let your classroom imagination run wild by presenting something meaningful to your students!

 

Resources for inspiration and information

Education hub

The Carrefour education directory contains various interesting resources on body image, including: Zero Cliché!, Body image and Sexual stereotypes and body image. By referring to the detailed sheet of each, you will find more information on these resources.

For those who subscribe to the Collection of educational videos (CVE) of GRICS, body image segments are available for viewing. Let us mention Obsession with the body in boys and Youth obsession with appearance, which can very well serve as a primer for your project.

 

Zero Cliché!

Translated into 5 languages, the site Zero Cliché! aims to sensitize young people, especially girls, to sexual and gender stereotypes. Two kits in French, one for Girls and one for their accompanying persons, are available for download. The useful links section presents other relevant links to further explore the subject.

 

Balanced

The Quebec organization ÉquiLibre offers superb online resources to learn about body image, health and weight. A section intended for pprofessional offers, among other things, the program Good in his head, good in his skin which addresses obesity and excessive preoccupation with weight. Learning workshops for primary and the secondary are available for download. For preschool, the game Detective Gurgling aims to teach children to recognize the signs of hunger and satiety. In addition, some tools have been developed for physical education class teachers. A great resource for working on skills Adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Finally, the organization offers the possibility of benefiting from a workshop for young people aged 12 to 17. Moreover, the site Behind the mirror, aimed at young people, features games and blog posts to make them realize that a single model of beauty is too often presented.

 

Quebec Charter for Healthy and Diversified Body Image (CHIC)

Initiative of the Secretariat for the Status of Women, the CHIC wants to be a “Collective commitment for a social project welcoming bodily diversity. " You can read the charter and sign it by visiting the site ISigneEnLigne.com. Their newspaper presents the various articles published in the context of events related to the Charter and to the Je Sign Online campaign.

 

Share your achievements!

To share the achievements of your class, the use of the #30couleursEDU tag is strongly encouraged. Thus, it will be possible to see the achievements of other participants and receive comments on yours. A great opportunity to connect with young people from the Francophonie and share with them on a subject that touches them.

 

 

The challenge is on!

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About the Author

Julie R.-Bordeleauhttp://apprendre.education
Former teacher and mother of a military family of 4 boys, Julie R-Bordeleau is an alternative learning guide and author. She loves discovering new educational and holistic resources and approaches that allow her clients to learn and develop in different ways, depending on their needs. Its website julierbordeleau.com, its newsletter and its services are dedicated to adults who are changing the world in their own way, whether they are parents-educators, parents or professionals.

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