“F.E.G.S. Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies, Too!” is the most recent addition to “F.E.G.S. No Body’s PerfectTM.” This curriculum was developed and tested by psychotherapist Kathy J. Kater and endorsed by the National Eating Disorders Association. This program is written for upper elementary grades and has the goal of helping girls improve their body image and develop healthier eating and exercising behaviors.
Type of Media:
This program incorporates many different approaches to dealing with issues of body image and eating disorders, including presentations and group facilitation at schools or community centers. A guidebook that includes magazine articles, Jewish texts and information on eating disorders is available.
Organization and Writers:
F.E.G.S.—Health and Human Services System, Long Island Services
Call 516-496-7550 for more information
A full curriculum, a guidebook that includes removable articles for copying purposes, Jewish texts and lesson plans that correspond to Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies, Too!
F.E.G.S. tailors a program that meets the specific needs of a wide variety of groups. Examples of groups that have received assistance from F.E.G.S. include day schools, synagogue schools, public schools and adults in sisterhood programs.
F.E.G.S. provides intensive training and ongoing support to educators and human service professionals on how to facilitate the Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kinds to Eat and Love Their Bodies, Too! Curriculum. F.E.G.S. can arrange to come to a site and model the program.
Lenght of Progam:
The program varies in length, as each program is tailored to meet the needs of the individual group. The aspect of F.E.G.S. No Body’s Perfect(TM) that utilizes Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love their Bodies, Too! follows a 10-lesson timeline for the entire program, 45-60 minutes per session.
Summary of Curriculum:
F.E.G.S. uses and trains professionals to use Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies, Too! and is designed for younger audiences (4th and 5th grade students). The curriculum aims to empower girls to form a foundation for positive body esteem based on recognition of what they can and cannot control in regard to body size and shape. This curriculum also prepares girls to resist unhealthy and unrealistic cultural pressures regarding body image, eating, nutrition, fitness, and weight. Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies, Too! seeks to teach girls the importance of wholesome eating and physical fitness for the sake of health and not for weight-loss reasons.