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B'ville students participate in SU body image project

Health classes at Baker High School recently participated in a project entitled "Body Talk," coordinated by Harriet Brown, an assistant professor in magazine journalism at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Brown has been collecting positive and negative audio stories, many anonymous, from people concerning their feelings about their bodies and food. Brown will use some of these stories on a web site she is developing and others for National Public Radio's "51 Percent, The Women's Perspective."

The students recorded their stories as podcasts in the school's computer lab, and Baker's library media specialist Pat Wilson compiled them into one submission for Brown.

For some of the students, the project was their first experience with podcasting. Health teacher Jeanna Gates said the opportunity to use the technology for this project tied in nicely with a nutrition unit the health classes were completing. Gates said her students and teacher Corinne Price's students had been studying body image and eating disorders with this unit, and most were excited to share their thoughts and experiences regarding these issues in a personal, yet anonymous way.

Students' recorded stories included subjects such as food cravings, the persuasion of the media in making food choices, meeting weight requirements for certain athletic teams and living with a family member with an eating disorder.

Baker High School health students work on their podcasts for a body image project being coordinated by a professor at Syracuse University. The project features recorded stories from people about how they view their bodies and food.

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