The importance of students’ healthy eating habits and positive body image will be highlighted during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week from Feb. 23 to March 1 at UCF.

The week will include a variety of activities, such as yoga and Zumba classes, art therapy, a webinar focusing on eating disorders in the LGBTQ community, and other events. Bodhi, the Counseling and Psychological Services therapy dog will be on hand to provide unconditional acceptance.

“We hope that students explore their own level of self-acceptance and foster a greater sense of appreciation for their unique characteristics,” said Susan Tweeten, CAPS coordinator of the events.

Body dissatisfaction and disordered eating behaviors are a common problem on college campuses, affecting students of all backgrounds. This causes people to overeat, under eat, exercise excessively and/or utilize extreme methods to facilitate weight control, which can lead to medical complications.

For a list of all the week’s planned events, go to

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is sponsored by CAPS, Wellness and Health Promotion Services, Recreation and Wellness Center, and LGBTQ Services.