During the month of November, Delta Delta Delta was recognized as a leader in the body image community at the Elisa Project's sixth annual Life Lessons Luncheon. Each year, the Elisa Project awards the Star of Hope to an organization or individual who is making great strides in the field of body image and eating disorder awareness.
Tri Delta is the second recipient of the award, received in honor of the progress made by Reflections: Body Image Program and Fat Talk Free WeekTM.
"It was such an honor for The Center to be recognized by the Elisa Project. It confirms that the Reflections program is having a positive impact on young women, and it is wonderful to see that Tri Delta is having a real influence, even beyond our own members, in promoting a healthy body image for women," said Jeanne Reese, president of the board for The Center for Living, Learning & Leading.
Tri Delta and The Center for Living, Learning & Leading co-developed Reflections with Carolyn Becker, Ph.D, FAED, of Trinity University, and the local sororities on that campus. Reflections not only reduces eating disorder risk factors and improves body image perceptions among participants, it also enables facilitators to gain valuable academic and leadership experience and promotes a more cohesive community of women on campus.
"The goal of Reflections is to provide evidence-based programming aimed at improving body image and preventing eating disorders in collegiate women all over North America," said Carolyn Becker. "When we launched Reflections we had no idea if this goal was possible, but we know now that we have accomplished it and more. This award is not only a true honor, but it helps us show our communities that Reflections is both valued and respected."
Since introducing Reflections and Fat Talk Free WeekTM in 2008, Tri Delta has reached millions of women internationally through viral videos, social media, campus activism events, media exposure and more. To date, 88 college campuses across the country have participated in Reflections with another 8 campuses scheduled to participate in spring of 2011.