Health Promotion Wins BACCHUS Award

Health Promotion receives: The BACCHUS Network™ Outstanding Program Award.


Student Development and Campus Life's Department of Campus Recreation is proud to announce that an award has been bestowed upon its Health Promotion subdivision, respectively: The BACCHUS Network™ Outstanding Program Award.

The Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students (BACCHUS) Network™ presented this award to Health Promotion's respective recipients at its annual Area 11 Spring Conference at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ on March 29th, 2014. The BACCHUS Network™ Outstanding Program Award was given in response to Health Promotion's “Body Acceptance Week."

The program was awarded for its creativity, positive message, and variety of empowering activities and events. Body Acceptance Week, a week-long initiative to promote positive body images on campus and engage students in discussion and exploration of the definition of beauty, consisted of three large-scale events over the course of seven days. The first was the Real Beauty Fashion Show, in which students, staff, and faculty were invited to walk the runway and show off their real beauty. Next was The Mirror Project, a two-day exhibit that challenged participants to think about how they perceived themselves. They were asked "What do you see when you look in the mirror?” Their self-proclaimed statements were then transcribed onto several mirrors and put on display. The third large-scale event was a T-shirt giveaway, in which 300 inspirational T-shirts reading “Beauty is...” were distributed campus-wide. In addition to these events, positive messages were written on mirrors and windows of the Student Recreation Center, and mirror clings were placed in bathrooms across campus, reading “Warning. Reflections in this mirror may be influenced by socially constructed ideas of beauty”.

Body Acceptance Week did a phenomenal job of involving students, staff, and faculty in activities and events that were not only enjoyable, but sent a strong and powerful message—to embrace diversity. Every aspect of the program received an overwhelming amount of support, as Health Promotion received an outpour of positive messages and feedback from countless members of the campus community. Photo albums of the week's events can be viewed via Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1j5puoW and http://on.fb.me/PnFRD8.

Led by Dr. Marie Cascarano, the Health Promotion staff and its Peer Advocates contributed an incredible amount of time and dedication to plan and coordinate each portion of the program. Their efforts made Body Acceptance Week possible and only further exemplified their aim of inspiring the campus community to challenge societal messages of beauty. Each semester, Health Promotion staff provides services designed to develop healthy behaviors and prevent health concerns that may interfere with academic and personal success. Their commendable work continues to enrich the lives of our campus community year after year.

The BACCHUS Network™ is a university and community based network focused on providing peer education programs and activities on a wide range of health topics, including alcohol abuse, tobacco, violence prevention, sexual health, safety, as well as physical and mental health issues. Each year, it awards universities across the country with outstanding health educational programs.