This week, the Gender Issues Committee of student government is trying to promote conversation about body image and understanding through Love Your Body Week.“We have a lot of students here who are perfectionists,” Monica Daegele, director of the Gender Issues Committee, said. “Everyone is well-rounded and talented at a number of things. But with that kind of perfectionist mentality can sometimes come dangerous behaviors and obsessions. The point of Love Your Body Week is to bring into perspective this mentality that a lot of students have.”Daegele said the events planned for the week will emphasize that body image issues are relevant to both men and women.“Eating issues, body-image issues, they are not just a female problem. A lot of men struggle with them, as well,” Daegele said. “A lot of research done in the past 10 years has illustrated that there are so many undiscovered body image issues for men. I think people would be surprised at the number of men who feel uncomfortable with their body, who are trying to fix parts of their body.“In the past, the eating disorder fact sheets we’ve used have largely focused on women, and this year we have one for women and one for men.”Daegele said Love Your Body week will address the stereotype that men don’t have eating issues or body issues.“It’s really quite the opposite — I think one of the statistics is that 43 percent of teenage boys have said they feel uncomfortable with their bodies,” she said.Daegele said events for the week include free RecSports classes and presentations by the University Counseling Center and the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education. A talk Tuesday night will focus on how advertising portrays male and female bodies.On Wednesday, there will be a screening of the documentary “Happy,” which analyzes happiness in various parts of the world.“Essentially what it looks at is what really makes people happy,” Daegele said. “It does a great job of putting everything into perspective and allowing a greater message to be received.”Daegele said representatives from the University Counseling Center and Office of Alcohol and Drug Education will discuss disordered eating Thursday evening.“They’re going to make it very applicable to Notre Dame,” she said. ‘The title of the presentation is ‘Eliminate the F Word’ — ‘F’ being ‘fat.’ That’s a common theme that will also be present throughout the week, getting students to understand the negative effects it can have on everyone.”On Friday afternoon, there will be free massages in the Sorin Room of the LaFortune Student Center, Daegele said. RecSports will host a workshop Sunday that teaches women how to utilize weight rooms.“There’s a huge stereotype that women shouldn’t lift weights or build muscle,” Daegele said. “This will walk women through the different weights available and show how lifting weights is actually very good for you.”Daegele said the events of the week will take a holistic approach to body appreciation.“We want to show why our bodies are important to us and why taking care of our bodies is so important,” she said.Tags: Body Image
Runners take off at the start of Saturday’s Flattop 5K.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSLAMOINE — More than 200 runners braved Saturday morning’s chilly weather for the 11th annual Flattop 5K.The race is held in honor of the late Bill Pinkham and named after his distinct crew cut hairstyle.Pinkham, a longtime dedicated runner, was a fixture in the community before passing away in 2005 at the age of 62. He served as the former chief of the Maine Marine Patrol, as a state representative and as Lamoine’s harbormaster.Dave Kerschner, 30, of Old Town was the first male finisher at Saturday’s Flattop 5K with a time of 16:59.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSDave Kerschner, 30, of Old Town was the first male finisher in Saturday’s race with a time of 16 minutes and 59 seconds. Tracy Guerette, 35, was the first female in 19:31.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the women, Jennifer VanDongen, 38, of Bar Harbor finished in a close second in 19:38. Katherine Collins, 45, of Winterport took third in 21:39.Matt Homich, 28, of Bar Harbor was the second male finisher in 17:26, and Perry LeBreton, 41, placed third in 17:51.The boys’ and girls’ winners of the one-mile Fun Run were Charlie Collins and Alexandra Collins.The following are the top 5K finishers in each age group:Female age 1-9: Amelia VanDongen, 9, of Bar Harbor, first in 31:34; Sophia Rosales, 6, of Lamoine, second in 41:49.Male age 1-9: Jay Haney, age 9, first in 25:47; Timmy Collins, 9, of Winterport, second in 29:40.Female age 10-14: Ava Dowling, 12, of Newburgh, first in 26:54; Shayla Smith, 13, of Newburgh, second in 27:05.Male age 10-14: Matt Shea, 14, of Ellsworth, first in 19:11; Evan Merchant, 14, of Beals, second in 21:44.Female age 15-19: Ivy Wallace, 18, of Lamoine, first in 24:15; Olivia Frost, 16, of Pittsfield, second in 26:08.Tracy Guerette, 35, was the first female finisher at Saturday’s Flattop 5K with a time of 19:31.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSMale age 15-19: Oliver Johnston, 15, of Bar Harbor, first in 18:29; Colby Rand, age 18, second in 19:44.Female age 20-29: Kassie Strout, 25, of Trenton, first in 22:03. Meg Kelly, 28, of Bar Harbor, second in 22:48.Male age 20-29: Nick Brown, 28, of Ellsworth, first in 19:23; Ezra Dean, 22, of Orono, second in 19:41.Female age 30-39: Shannon Horton, 39, of Mount Desert Island, first in 21:45; Maegan Haney, age 38, second in 23:05.Male age 30-39: Andrew Kephart, age 30, first in 17:57; Seth Young, 31, of Ellsworth, second in 18:39.Female age 40-49: Johanna Sullery, 41, of Old Town, first in 23:37; Tricia Brown, 42, of Cherryfield, second in 23:42.Male age 40-49: Stephen Linscott, 40, of Seal Cove, first in 18:19; Andy Pereira, 47, of Southwest Harbor, second in 18:24.Female age 50-59: Lisa Kingsbury, 56, of Hampden, first in 22:45; Lisa Tweedie, 53, of Bar Harbor, second in 24:50.Male age 50-59: Chris Jones, 52, of Bucksport, first in 20:17; Robert Jordan, 56, of Ellsworth, second in 20:47.Female age 60-64: Christy Stout, age 60, first in 25:21; Donna Kausen, 62, of Addison, second in 26:12.Male age 60-64: Bob Ciam, age 61, first in 18:51; Austin Townsend Jr., 61, of Perry, second in 20:46.Tobin Peacock of Lamoine pushes a stroller in Saturday’s Flattop 5K.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSFemale age 65-69: Judith Blake, 65, of Bar Harbor, first in 27:42; Robin Emery, 69, of Lamoine, second in 32:39.Male age 65-69: Dave Samuelian, 69, of Bangor, first in 26:56; Stephen Fay, 66, of Ellsworth, second in 28:37.Female age 70-74: Jane Berry, 73, of Topsham, first in 49:25.Male age 70-74: John Tjepkema, 72, of Orono, first in 28:58; Ron Paquette, 74, of Albion, second in 37:03.Female age 75-99: Mary Alice Bruce, 77, of Corea, first in 37:23.Male age 75-99: Lloyd Harmon, 75, of Ellsworth, first in 27:57; David Jones, 75, of Castine, second in 28:58.