Youth & School

Any Body's Cool: Years 7-8

Developing attitudes, behaviours and language that impact body image.

The details

Any Body’s Cool

This workshop engages participants to critically analyse multimedia messaging and reflect on how attitudes, behaviours, and language impact the body image of themselves and others.

Further resources for Teachers are also provided to build body image friendly classrooms.

This is an interactive session delivered by a qualified facilitator over two classes or a double period. This program covers specific body image issues, then brought together to engage the impact of multi-media and surroundings have on body image for young men and women.

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Know what ‘body image’ is, and its impact on thoughts, feelings and actions
  • Be able to identify helpful and unhelpful messages and their sources
  • Be able to identify the impact of traditional and social media in re-enforcing unrealistic beauty ideals and how this can be challenged
  • Know where to go for help for body image concerns
  • Be able to identify how body image can be influenced
  • Understand the impact that appearance based teasing can have on a person
  • Have healthy strategies to maintain their physical and mental health
  • Know where to go for help for body image concerns

This program is mapped to the Australian Curriculum

Years 7 and 8 – Health and Education

  • Sub-strand: Being healthy, safe and active
    • Investigate the impact of transition and change on identities (ACPPS070)
  • Sub-strand: Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing
    • Investigate the benefits of relationships and examine their impact on their own and others’ health and wellbeing (ACPPS074)
    • Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity (ACPPS075)
  • Sub-strand: Contributing to healthy and active communities
    • Plan and use health practices, behaviours and resources to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS077)

Developing attitudes, behaviours and language

Last year we delivered 21 sessions to ACT Secondary Schools and 5 Teacher groups. Of those who participated 92% identified their attitude to body image had changed as a result of the session.

Participants were able to articulate takeaway messages at the end of the session, including;

  • Not being alone in their feelings
  • Positive body image is a possibility
  • Difference between media influenced body image and reality

What people have to say about the program

  • “I was always feeling horrible about myself. The program changed the way I think about myself.”

    Student - Year 7
  • "I was surprised to learn that people can be confident about their body"

    Student - Yr7
  • "The students heard that things can be achievable despite mental health issues... that the journey may be long but not to give up."


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