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Body Project

Blueprints Program Rating: Model

A four-session group intervention to prevent the onset of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating among female high school and college students with body image concerns.

The Body Project is a very low-cost group intervention that is typically implemented by counseling, social work, or nursing staff in high schools or postsecondary settings. The approval of staff time to implement the intervention is the key resource needed for implementation. The initial training costs can potentially be paid for within school district or university training budgets or through private fundraising.

Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds

If social workers, counselors, and nurses who are already working with adolescent and young adult girls adopt the Body Project as an intervention, they will likely use the mix of existing funding steams supporting their work to support this intervention.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

A high school or a university counseling center could potentially support the low-cost of initial training within their professional development budgets.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundation grants can be considered for the cost of initial training of group leaders. Initial training costs are low and could also potentially be supported through fundraising through school parent-teacher organizations, through college sorority fundraisers, or from individual donors with a particular interest in the program focus.