The 2013 Walk to REbeL was a huge success…even with the soggy conditions! The morning of April 27th was cool and rainy, yet full of bright, energized faces ready to walk with friends and family to raise awareness of eating and body image issues. And walk, we did! Students cheered as over 350 attendees were inspired along the route by REbeL signature inspirational signs and stats. Following the walk, attendees were able to enjoy treats and giveaways from our incredible sponsors and vendors.
This year’s event was a success in both attendance and fundraising which will help us to achieve important goals. We saw a 23% increase in attendance and had over 650 people who registered to join us for the walk. Of more critical importance, we netted $28,000 (a 68% increase over 2012) which will assist us in paying our expenses for another year and help us to keep this REbeLution going! This is an absolutely incredible amount of growth… Our sincere thanks goes out to all of you who supported the 2013 Walk to REbeL with your time, interest, and your dollars!!
Once again, we would like to recognize our Diamond and Platinum Level sponsors for 2013: Fed Ex Services, Enterprise Bank and Trust, Parris Communications, Timberline Knolls, Title Boxing, Treat America, Truestar Heath, and VeriProcess. Your generous financial contribution and support was critical to our success!
Last, any great event is not possible to pull off without a dedicated group of volunteers. The committee heads, who worked tirelessly to plan and organize the walk, deserve recognition and praise!
Chapter Promotions/Marketing – Julie Serati
Corporate Business Solicitation – Kelly Ranallo
Entertainment – Lea Daum and Lynne Ornduff
Food – Laura Harsch
Registration – Vicki Service
T-Shirts – Leslie Duggan
Volunteer Coordinator – Nancy Woodworth
After another successful year, we will be absolutely ecstatic to rock what we got again at the 2014 Walk to REbeL! Date to be announced soon.
Fat talk free is the way to be! How can you end fat talk? One of the ways in which REbeL strives to do this is through Fat Talk Free Week. Fat Talk Free Week is an extension of the Reflections: Body Image Program by Dr. Carolyn Becker and BodyImage3D, a project of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
Many of our REbeL groups conducted outreach efforts for Fat Talk Free Week in March including Mirrorless Monday, educational flyers and locker signs, compliment cookies, and the signing of the Fat Talk Free Pledge (which is pictured at the top of the newsletter). The REbeL group at Blue Valley High educated their entire school about REbeL and fat talk during their Tiger Time. BVH student, Nimisha Halder, made a video about REbeL that was shown during this presentation.
Suggestions for Ending Fat Talk
“My butt looks so big in these jeans!”
“Ugh, I feel so fat today.”
“You think you’re fat?! Look at me!”
Do any of these statements sound familiar? This is “fat talk,” a term coined to describe the phenomenon of individuals commenting on their body dissatisfaction, and in particular, using speech that reinforces the “impossible-to-achieve” cultural standards of beauty and attractiveness. Fat talk has become the norm; it’s what we do when we go to the restroom, when we’re getting ready in the morning, when we’re shopping–and it doesn’t take a lot of fat talk to make an impact.
Research indicates that engaging in even 3-5 minutes of fat talk increases body dissatisfaction (Stice et al., 2003). And not only does fat talk negatively affect you, it also adds to the toxic environment around you, thereby impacting others as well. Since a whopping 93% of women engage in fat talk, it can be difficult to escape (Salk and Engeln-Maddox, 2011). REbeL is committed to changing the culture of our schools and communities by raising awareness of fat talk and its effects, and by promoting an end to fat talk along with healthy acceptance of self and others.