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Carolina BeYOUtiful aims to help students love themselves

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Carolina BeYOUtiful set up tables in Russell House Monday to spread awareness for postitive body image. Carolina BeYOUtiful set up tables in Russell House Monday to spread awareness for postitive body image.
Student Health Nutritionist Jennifer Bernound says she fully supports Carolina BeYOUtiful's initiative. Student Health Nutritionist Jennifer Bernound says she fully supports Carolina BeYOUtiful's initiative.
Students create buttons where they write what they love about themselves. Students create buttons where they write what they love about themselves.

By Caitlyn Hummel

Carolina BeYOUtiful is a university initiative to help conquer eating disorders at USC. Students were encouraged to create and wear personalized buttons around campus in support.

Some students, like Changing Carolina peer leader Mary Reid, took away more than she thought she would.

"I wanted to write that I love myself because I'm working really hard to love every part of me. No matter if it's the best part of me or the worst part of me, just love every part of it," said Reid.

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness says Student Health Nutritionist Jennifer Bernound. She has worked closely with students to make sure their nutrition doesn't suffer and that they have support.

"Through the nutritional appointments that are free to students, we are normalizing eating patterns, eating frequency and making sure that their bodies are getting the nutrients they need.  We also work on improving students' relationship with food, so how they feel when they eat," said Bernound.

The nutritionist also said Carolina BeYOUtiful host several events every year and is proud the initiative is present at the University of South Carolina.

"The body project is one of the most evidence-based body image programs in the nation and some universities across the nation. We were blessed to be able to bring the training program here," said Bernound.

The initiative wants to spark conversation for awareness and urges students to seek help if necessary.

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