School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


22 Jun 2018

Body Positivity Week team named Team of the Year at the Welfare and Diversity Awards

The Body Postivity Week organised by Loughborough Students’ Union’s Mental Health Support Network in partnership with researchers from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences has been recognised at the Welfare and Diversity Awards.

The Welfare and Diversity section of Loughborough Students’ Union celebrated the hard work and dedication of their volunteers at the recent awards evening and the joint Union-University campaign team behind Body Positivity Week was named Team of Year.

The week looked to raise awareness of body image issues and eating disorders, as well as helping celebrate everyone’s body - no matter the shape, size, creed or colour.

Chris McLeod, a PhD student within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, and Welfare and Diversity committee member, told us:

“The week was a great success with fantastic engagement from staff and students. We had events such as a body positive fashion show, a panel discussion about the perception of body image in social media, a seminar about how ‘healthy eating’ can become harmful and a workshop on ‘how to get shredded...healthily’ leading the week. This was also supported by a different social media campaign each day from an ‘I weigh more than my weight’ initiative to an LSU social media takeover answering questions about health, nutrition and exercise.”

Chris was involved in the initiative alongside fellow SSEHS researchers Dr Gemma Witcomb, Dr Hannah White, Dr Carolyn Plateau, Chris McLeod, Charlotte Scott and Sebastian Sandgren (@Lboro_LUCRED) as well as other SSEHS students Lizzie Briasco and Léa Sawicki (also LSU Mental Health Coordinator).

It is planned that the week and campaign will run again next year to continue to bring awareness of this important area to Loughborough staff and students.