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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

    Feb. 21, 2016

    Students invited to improve body image through Body U program

    Participants in the Body U program have access to a mobile app with personalized programs to improve general fitness, healthy eating habits and positive body esteem as well as assist with anxiety and emotional stress.
    Participants in the Body U program have access to a mobile app with personalized programs to improve general fitness, healthy eating habits and positive body esteem as well as assist with anxiety and emotional stress.

    Northwest Missouri State University students have a new resource at their fingertips to develop a more positive body image.

    Body U is a confidential, online-guided, self-help program that connects information about body image and healthy eating behaviors to self-improvement tools. Northwest is adopting the program, which is based on more than 10 years of research conducted at Stanford University and Washington University in St. Louis.

    Wellness Services counselor Courtney Koch and psychology instructor Sarah Creason are proponents of the program and helped bring it to Northwest.

    “The idea behind this is we want to help students have healthier relationships with food and their bodies,” Koch said. “It can help anybody with general fitness, eating habits and positive body esteem. It’s going to help with student success – data shows unhealthy habits interferes with the quality of relationships and academic performance.”

    Interested students begin Body U with a confidential online evaluation that is used to understand each user’s behaviors and self-image. Based on the results, the program assigns each user to a custom-tailored program that fits their unique needs.

    Once enrolled, Body U members may access their program via the program’s website or mobile app. The personalized programs are designed to help users improve general fitness, healthy eating habits and positive body esteem as well as assist with anxiety and emotional stress. As they progress, members also can connect with other users and a virtual coach for support and feedback.

    Students can access Body U by visiting bodyu.golantern.com or by finding the link on the Wellness Services home page. The programs last eight to 10 weeks.

    Body U is being made available to Northwest students through generous support by the Missouri Eating Disorders Council to promote health and wellness on campus.

    “If students recognize an area of need, we want them to know they can reach out to Wellness Services,” Koch said. “This is a way they can develop healthier attitudes. It’s a great gift to our students because it’s free to students, and it can be so beneficial to them. We’ve previewed the tools and they are excellent.”

    The launch of Body U at Northwest coincides with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

    For more information about Body U, contact Courtney Koch at 660.562.1348 or ckoch@nwmissouri.edu.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468