Eating disorders are problematic on any college campus and affect approximately 30% of our student population. Last year, Student Health had the opportunity to plan events to raise awareness of this concern and to promote messaging that encourages a healthy body image. We are excited to announce that this fall in collaboration with Veritas (a local eating disorders treatment facility) we will be hosting a Southern Smash event at NC State on October 17, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Stafford Commons.
Southern Smash is a non-profit organization that challenges men and women to redefine their worth and physical appearance by letting go of those numbers that weigh them down. At this exciting event, students will have the opportunity to smash scales using sledgehammers and baseball bats, attach their ideal numbers to balloons to symbolize letting them go, and create artwork with body-positive messages.
This year in addition to our Smash event, we will also be hosting a more intimate “Smash Talk” session the same evening to educate students about eating disorders, but also open the conversation to discuss their prevalence, treatment and place in our society. Smash Talk will be held on October 17, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Currituck Suite in Talley.