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   Date: 10/10/08

Field Hockey Team Says, "Love Your Body"

The Smith College field hockey team will join the National Organization for Women (NOW) in sponsoring the organization’s national “Love Your Body Day,” on Wednesday, Oct. 15. The annual event encourages self-acceptance and self-esteem with a message of loving one’s body as it is without giving homage to negative stereotypes.

The team plans a daylong “body image” fair on Chaplin Lawn, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring local massage therapists, reflexologists, yoga and Pilates instructors, and giveaways from other businesses.

“We feel as though this mission of positive body image is in line with that of Smith College, which strives to educate strong women by enriching the whole person, both mind and body,” said Katie Jones, assistant field hockey coach and a coordinator of the event.

NOW urges women nationwide to join in Love Your Body Day to combat harmful stereotypes portrayed in some media and pop culture. “Women and girls are continually bombarded with images from entertainment and advertising that help define our culture’s beauty ideal,” says the Love Your Body Day Web site. “These industries can’t use negative images to sell their products without our assistance. Together, we can fight back.”

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