PLATE UP THE POSITIVES is a national campaign across the whole year, which encourages and celebrates body confidence in our schools! How often do we hear that young people are made to feel worthless or judged because of how they look or their body shape and size?
Young people see hundreds of images everyday telling them what they should look like and what body shape and size they need to be. These messages to people around being slim, skinny or muscular are very strong, pervading and make many people feel insecure, worthless and anxious.
But at Butterfly, we want to turn that around and say that value is not placed on how you look, and it doesn’t define who you are! Rather than engaging in body shaming and buying into unrealistic appearance ideals for young people, we are supporting BODY CONFIDENCE through PLATE UP THE POSITIVES!
PLATE UP THE POSITIVES to support body confidence, is for ALL schools in combating negative thinking and attitudes around unrealistic body messaging that can overwhelm our thinking everyday! It is all about:
PLATE UP THE POSITIVES to support body confidence is such an important message for schools and young people today, that we want this campaign to be available to you throughout the whole year! This campaign allows your school to focus on positive ways to encourage body confidence within every student. Body dissatisfaction and poor body image can not only cause considerable distress in its own right, but also contributes to the development of low self-esteem, depression, unhealthy weight loss or muscle building behaviours and eating disorders.
BUT, Butterfly has created some simple materials to help your school promote these positive messages to each and every person, and get rid of negative thinking, attitudes and behaviours that can be so damaging. These include posters, activities for classes and tips for changing negative behaviours. Encourage your students to run awareness events and fundraising days with their whole school, year group, among friends, sporting groups or on their social media.
Here are some examples of what you could do.
For more information on Plate up the Positives campaign for schools and how to get involved, call (02) 8456 3908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing how your school has changed the conversation by Plating up the Positives!
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