In November 2014, BANA’s Health Promotion team began delivering The Dressing Room Project (DRP) around Windsor-Essex County and has since received a very positive feedback from the hosts of the groups.
The DRP was developed by the Emerging Women Project in Vermont as a movement to inspire young girls to spread positive messages around body image. The project aimed to help girls develop a healthy self-esteem. As a DRP Action Team, BANA developed a series of interactive workshops to improve and increase girls’ self-esteem, positive body image, assertiveness skills, and media literacy. Our aim was to target young girls and address these concerns as a preventative measure against eating disorders.
In the DRP, girls got a chance to decorate 3×5 inch cards with encouraging messages that were be made into decals and distributed to and posted in dressing rooms around their local community.
The message was wide spread and decals can be spotted throughout the community at locations like; Kingsville Golf Club (640 County Rd. 20 Kingsville), JS Fitness (1821 Provincial Road, Windsor) and Unforgettable (11 Talbot St. W. Leamington).
The successful integration of these messages into our community was greatly assisted through the dedication of several of the youth that participated in the program. Because of the courage of these individuals, like our friend Charlotte who approached supportive businesses such as Justice at Devonshire Mall, our campaign will continue to influence people of all ages for a long time to come.
As we wrap up this campaign we want to thank Windsor-Essex for being a part of this campaign and we look forward to continuing to work together on future projects promoting the overall health and wellness of our community.
~All the best, Team BANA