WIN Wyoming and WIN the Rockies
Positive body image - Insights from
Last month I had the opportunity to present an in-service training on body
image to all employees of the public schools in Lewistown, Montana. Iíve now
been promoting the concepts of WIN Wyoming for almost six years. Except for
water skiing, elk hunting, playing Aunt Betty, running with my dog, and a few
other passions of my life, Iíve done few things for more than six years
without boredom and apathy setting in. Iím now adding promotion of our
principles as one of the great passions of my life. As I read the evaluations
after the program, I sat in awe and wonderment of the insights offered by these
amazing school teachers, school administrators, and school food service workers
from Lewistown. Here are a few of my favorite insights.
- I need years of this kind of positive message on healthy
living. Two hours just isnít enough.
- I love the quote from WIN the Rockies narratives that said, "Food is
just a whole bunch of guilt." Finally! Someone actually said what Iíve
been feeling for years.
- This program caused me to reflect on my life. I spent most of my life
getting bigger and bigger. Whatís really surprising is Iíve never seen
myself as big. When I see myself in pictures with other people, Iím still
surprised by how large I really am.
- This program reaffirmed my belief that fitness and overall health can
simply not be measured by a scale.
- Would you come home and help me convince my wife that I really do need to
hunt four times a week to stay fit?
- The idea that fitness may be more important than body weight was a new
concept for me. I had no idea someone could be overweight and still be very
fit. On the other hand, I know from personal experience that you can be thin
- The part of the program that asked us to think of one part of our bodies
we donít like, and then ponder what things we would not be able to do
without that body part caused me to consider how many things I would not be
able to do without my substantial, yet extremely necessary, buttocks.
- Taking time each day to become healthy and fit is important. What am I
doing now that is less important than that? Surely I can find something.
- I look in the mirror and always think I need to lose 10 pounds. I now
realize that I should concentrate more on becoming fit and worry less about
losing some certain amount of weight.
- This program helped me view myself in a more thoughtful fashion, and
helped me appreciate myself for my own unique features.
- The one thing Iíll remember from this program is this: "Be kind to
yourself and others. Life is too short to obsess in front of a mirror."
Source: Selected evaluations from "Size It Up!" program
presented by Betty Holmes; In-service training for school district personnel in
Lewistown, Montana; March 2004
Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD
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