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Love Your Body NOW

Date: April 21, 2009 | Posted By:
2008 Grand Prize Winning Poster by Whitney Calvert

2008 Grand Prize Winning Poster by Whitney Calvert

The National Organization for Women (NOW), is running the Love Your Body campaign. Each year, NOW hosts a poster contest that promotes healthy body image and “the grand-prize-winning poster will be used as part of a national campaign to challenge the media’s use of violent, drug-addicted, starved, surgically enhanced images of women and to fight against industries that profit from women’s dissatisfaction with their bodies.” Entries for the 2010 contest are being accepted now and are due by December 1, 2009. The poster contest has different categories: All, University Students, College Students and Middle & Elementary School Students. You can find out more about the contest by clicking here.

The NOW web site has a gallery of past poster contest winners and runners up dating back to 1999. Their beautiful pieces of artwork are also available to send as e-cards. Recently I sent the 2005 winner to a group of my favorite girlfriends and they loved it. Check out the past Elementary School winners. They are amazing and their artwork sends clear, healthy messages. It’s heart-warming to see children take action against the media’s harmful messages. I encourage all of you to take action and submit a poster.

-Sonnet

Sonnet Harrison is a preschool teacher and nanny who studied Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University. In her free time, she works on a web site, www.favoritenanny.com, with other San Francisco nannies and is setting up a professional development support group which matches nannies with families without going through agencies. Sonnet became interested in volunteering with About-Face after working with teenage girls in a group home.




What Do You Think?

5 Responses to Love Your Body NOW

  1. Olya on 04-21-2009

    there's no body, like your own body :)
  2. Reagan on 04-21-2009

    Wow- such awesome, inspiring posters. I love this contest!
  3. Danielle on 04-23-2009

    Great contest!
    The posters are inspiring!!
  4. Chrissy on 04-30-2009

    Finally, something great to read about!.I have been on this Healthy body image kick since reading Linda Bacon's latest book called Health At Every Size. You have to learn how to love yourself and your body before you can really be healthy.
    I learned so much from this book, and couldn't put it down when I read it. I couldn't believe how fast I was flipping the pages.
    Really great and I will definitely run!!
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