Lesson Plans - Body Image

Curriculum Supports

Online Lesson Plans
Background Information
Community Programs
Facilitator Manuals, Curriculum Guides & Videos

Online Lesson Plans

Beyond Images: A Self Esteem and Body Image Curriculum - Grades 4-8
National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) and Dove Self Esteem Fund, in partnership with The Director’s Cut
Students learn how media messages are constructed and how to make their own messages. Exploration of current concepts of male and female beauty and what it means to fit in. Request free curriculum lesson plans from NEDIC.

An optional film-making workshop can be arranged through The Director’s Cut to supplement this media awareness curriculum. Fee involved.

Media Smarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital & Media Literacy
Offers lesson plans to help young people become more aware of the impact of media on self esteem and body image. Information for parents included.

Mission Nutrition - Grades K - 8
Dietitians of Canada & Kellogg Canada
Available in both English and French, "Mission Nutrition" offers lesson plans and activities specific to self-esteem and body image, as well as healthy eating and physical activity lessons.

More to Me…Than What You See: Facilitator’s Guide - Girls in Grades 4-6
Halton Region Social & Community Services Department
Children’s Health Services
A health promotion program to help girls develop healthy body image and self-esteem. PDF file available for downloading. Includes lesson plans and resources.

Power to Explore - Grades 4 - 6
Dairy Farmers of Canada (Ontario)
Grade 6 program includes a focus on body image and self-esteem and features a four-episode DVD with students sharing their personal insights. (Free teacher workshops can be arranged for a minimum of 15 teachers).

Real Beauty School Program - Grades 6-9
Dove Self Esteem Fund
Kit includes DVD “Fabricating Beauty” and activities to facilitate discussion and small group activities. Helps students develop skill in deconstructing media images. Available at a minimal cost. Request order form by calling 1- 866-376-3683.

Self-Esteem Workshop Guide for Teachers – Grades 6-9
Dove Self Esteem Fund
Designed to help young people (boys and girls) build body confidence by understanding and dealing with feelings about physical appearance.

The Student Body: Promoting Health at Any Size - Grades 4 - 6
Drs. Gail McVey & Joanne Gusella; Hospital for Sick Children, 2006
Teacher-learning modules use animation and video clips to highlight common problem scenarios. Also includes corresponding classroom activities and parent handouts.

Topics include:

  • Media and peer pressure
  • Healthy eating
  • Active living
  • Teasing
  • Adult role models
  • School climate

Background Information

Childhood Obesity Prevention Website
Region of Peel - Public Health
Information and resources to help raise healthy children who eat well, enjoy being active and feel good about themselves. Also offers ideas and tips for adult's to role model these behaviours.

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)
Offers information and resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation, self esteem and body image. Connection to treatment services, resources and support groups across Canada.

Weight Bias and Stigma – Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University
Mandate includes increasing awareness about weight bias and discrimination so prevalent in our society, with the goal of changing attitudes and behavior. Online videos and resources are available.

Community Programs

School based seven week mentoring programs for adolescents in Grades 6, 7, 8. Developed by OPHEA and offered by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Peel.

  1. Go Girls!
    Encourages physical activity participation, healthy eating and positive self-image among adolescent girls. Led by young women volunteers.
  2. Game On!
    Encourages healthy lifestyle practices among adolescent boys using games and discussion.  Led by young adult males. (Note: limited availability at present).

Email or call Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Peel at 905-457-7288.

Dove Real Beauty Workshops - Girls ages 8-12
Dove Self Esteem Fund
A free Facilitator Training Guide DVD is available which provides “how to” information for hosting a workshop including background information and all materials and handouts. The workshop is designed to promote positive self-esteem for girls and their adult mentors. (Note: speakers from Dove are no longer available to come to the school.)

To order a free copy of the Facilitator Training Guide call

Facilitator Manuals, Curriculum Guides & Videos

Full of Ourselves – Girls in Gr. 6-8
Catherine Steiner-Adair & Lisa Sjostrom (2006)
Teachers College Press, New York, NY
ISBN 13:978-0-8077-4631-8

A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health, and Leadership. Includes background information for facilitators, lesson plans and reproducible handouts to run a girls’ group aimed to strengthen body image, self-esteem and healthy behaviours. Program suggestions for several sessions with younger girls (Gr. 4-5), using the program graduates as peer leaders.
Teachers College Press, New York, NY
ISBN 13:978-0-8077-4631-8

Healthy Bodies: Teaching Kids What They Need to Know – for Boys and Girls Gr. 4-6
Kathy Kater (2012)
Published by Body Image Health, North St. Paul, MN in association with the National Eating Disorders Association, New York, NY
ISBN 978-0-615-70688-7

This is the third edition, formerly called Healthy Body Image. It is a comprehensive curriculum resource to address body image, eating, fitness and weight concerns in today’s challenging environment. Includes background information for educators, 10 lesson plans and reproducible handouts which are scripted for Gr. 4-6 but can be adapted for other ages.

Body Talk DVD – Boys and Girls in Gr. 7-12
The Body Positive (2009)
26 minute video made by teens for teens. The featured speakers challenge society’s messages about weight, health and beauty and share how they take good care of themselves with positive eating and activity.

(Note: Body Talk DVD’s are also available for other age groups including Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-6.)

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