“Smile, you are beautiful.” That’s just one of the post-it note messages that Caitlin Boyle began sticking to restroom mirrors when she began Operation Beautiful.
She’s bringing her mission to end negative self-talk to UCF on Wednesday, February 24 during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The interactive workshop is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the Student Union.
Boyle began her blog to show readers just how toxic that negative self-talk can be. By leaving encouraging messages on sticky notes in public places and having others participate, she hopes to spread smiles and improve self esteem for women.
Boyle will kick off the event by discussing her mission and the August release of “Operation Beautiful: The Book.”
To break the ice, participants will write personal ads using only positive words to describe themselves. These ads will later be collected to raffle off prizes.
Boyle will also talk about the media industry and the effects of Photoshop, in particular. “There are standards set by ads and magazines that are unrealistic,” said Sarah Cox, a graduate student and counselor at the Wellness Center.
In recognition of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, there will be a question and answer session about eating disorders and improving body image. Students can anonymously submit questions about eating disorders to have them answered by a psychologist.
“I think it’s important to take the focus off of the negative aspects of eating disorders and turn it into a positive, focusing on improving body image and empowering women to feel good about themselves just the way they are,” Cox said.
Operation Beautiful at UCF is sponsored by the Wellness Center, Student Wellness Advocate Team, the Counseling Center and Housing.
To pick up a pack of post-its, visit the Wellness Center.
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