By Ciara McCall, Chattanooga, TN—The University’s third annual “Feel Good Naked” event on Feb. 19 informed the Chattanooga community on ways to be
healthy and happy with one’s body image.
“Feel Good Naked” originated as a program that focused on eating disorders, but is now about the mental and physical aspects of having good nutrition and being healthy.
Organizers gave away T-shirts to the first 200 attendees of the event.
Tricia Henderson, assistant director of Alcohol and Other Drug & Mental Health Education, said a counselor, the treatment center and Tobe Taylor talked about nutrition as well as eating disorders.
Taylor, an alumnus and owner of T2 Fitness, headlined the free event.
Carol Oglesby, coordinator of student civic engagement, physical health education and promotion said Taylor won first place in the 2010 NPC Battle of the River Bodybuilding, fifth place in the 2008 NPC Battle of the River and fifth in the 2007 Tennessee Bodybuilder competition.
While at UTC, the people of Chattanooga awarded Taylor the Key to the City for outstanding community service.
Taylor’s T2 Fitness, Counseling and Personal Development, the Women’s Center, Healthy Mocs, SGA, Active Minds and Focus Treatment Centers collaborated the event.
Henderson said it is important that people are aware that “Feel Good Naked” and similar events are not geared for a specific gender. She said people usually associate eating disorders with women.
“It’s not just about issues that impact women, but it’s for everyone,” she said.
According to Health and Wellness at Vanderbilt University, “February is National Eating Disorders Awareness Month, established to raise awareness about combating anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders. In the United States, it is estimated that 20 million women and 10 million men have significantly-disordered eating behaviors.”
Although the program was for one night, information on nutrition and health is available all year long.
Oglesby said the counseling center has more information about being nutritious with consideration of students’ daily habits.
When it comes to the physical aspect of feeling good naked, Oglesby said, “it’s about moderation. It does’t matter what you eat, but how much you eat. Make sure your energy input is as much as your energy output.”
Henderson said, “mentally it’s all about changing what I would call ‘stinkin thinkin’. You don’t have to be negative about yourself all of the time. It’s okay to be positive about things you really love about your body.”