Nutrition and Physical Activity Services
S.H.A.P.E. (Students Helping to Achieve Positive Esteem)
UCONN S.H.A.P.E. is a peer education group that strives to promote accepting attitudes towards all body shapes and sizes while helping to encourage self esteem and positive body image. UCONN SHAPE also fosters awareness about eating disorders, the warning signs, and the resources available for support. Through presentations, events, and discussions, UCONN SHAPE peer educators provide knowledge and aid to the entire Uconn community.
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- Give group presentations and lead discussions on body image, media influences, recognizing warning signs of disordered eating and how to help a friend.
- Help direct students to campus resources for support.
- Organize events at UConn that promote positive body image and self esteem.
UCONN SHAPE Yearly Events
- We provide interactive presentations and workshops to classes and residence halls throughout the academic year on warning signs of eating disorders, how to help a friend, body image, self esteem, media and body image, and resources on campus for support.
- We create presentations to give to younger populations at nearby high schools, middle schools and elementary schools, as well as for community Girl Scout troops.
- We actively Participate in:
- We hold events throughout the year all across campus for the UConn community. Past events have included tye-dyeing on Fairfield Way, Free “Be Your Own Valentine” flowers at the Student Union, and Compliment Grams where members of the UConn community were able to send compliment cards to friends.
- We hold an annual art exhibit (March/April) with artwork depicting how the media impacts body image.
UCONN S.H.A.P.E. Training
We hold a training session at the beginning of each semester with all members to go over information about eating disorders, positive and negative body image, how to help a friend, campus resources, influence of the media, and more. In addition, all members learn techniques for facilitating workshops and good communication skills. We also incorporate interactive activities to promote group bonding, as well as sample presentations given by fellow SHAPE members. Check out some pictures from our past trainings!
UCONN S.H.A.P.E. as a Peer Education Group
As one of 30+ peer education groups on campus, UCONN SHAPE operates through Student Health Services and provides students with the opportunity to gain experience by reaching out to help their peers. Students involved in UCONN SHAPE learn effective public speaking, facilitation of discussions, how to handle sensitive topics and how to effectively work in a group. It offers a great way to get involved around campus and take on new leadership roles. To apply to become a UCONN SHAPE member please see our information sheet!
Join UCONN SHAPE
- Eating Disorders Screening
- National Eating Disorders Association
NEDA is dedicated to expanding public understanding of eating disorders and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected along with support for their families through education
- National Eating Disorders Information Center
The National Eating Disorder Information Center (NEDIC) is a Toronto-based, non-profit organization, established in 1985 to provide information and resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation.
- The Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders is one of the largest, oldest and most comprehensive web sites available on the topic. It not only includes a lot of valuable information on anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, but online peer support forums and a large treatment finder.
- The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) is an international transdisciplinary professional organization that promotes excellence in research, treatment and prevention of eating disorders. The AED provides education, training and a forum for collaboration and professional dialogue.
Do you or a friend need help?
- UConn Eating Disorders Support
Students with eating disorders may seek support through self-referral, by referral from a friend, or by referral from another health care professional. Students who participate receive coordinated care that includes medical evaluation, psychiatric and psychological evaluation, nutritional counseling and women's clinic services.
- Check us out on Facebook!
Contact & Location
- Amy Dunham is the UCONN SHAPE Program Coordinator as well as the Nutrition Coordinator for Student Health Services.
Student Health Services
3rd floor, Room 303
234 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4011