IC grad to discuss the importance of developing a positive body image


Educator, personal trainer and 2006 Illinois College graduate Tiffaney Rains will be on campus to discuss body image issues on Tuesday, April 2, at 8 p.m. in Kirby Learning Center, Room 6.

In recognition of Body Image Awareness Week at Illinois College, Rains will be presenting “Mirror Image.” Topics include body image, self-image, eating disorders, portrayal of women in the media and how these topics relate to developing healthy relationships. She will also share her personal journey through recovery from her own eating disorder and the stories of others that have had eating disorders and body image issues.

A national college survey sponsored by the National Eating Disorder Association found a sharp increase in college students dealing with a form of disordered eating. Women in the survey jumped to 20 percent and men rose to 10 percent, with athletes being identified as a particularly underserved population on campus.

“Developing a positive body image is an important topic at any age, but especially for college students,” Mallory Bejster, college health nurse, said. “There are many factors that can impact body image and disordered eating issues, many of which Tiffaney will be discussing during her presentation. The fact that Tiffaney is passionate about these topics and has a personal connection to them will help the students connect to the topic as well.”

Rains is currently a high school teacher and also works as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. She is finishing her master’s degree in community counseling at Quincy University.
This program is free and open to the public. For any questions contact Bejster at 217.245.3038 or
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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