HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at Baltimore, Maryland, USA or Virtually from your home or work.
Allison Insunza, Speaker at Obesity Conference
California State University, United States


At CSULB, we have implemented an eight-week series that helps students overcome conflicts with their bodies. Not only have we seen immediate improvements in self-compassion, self-judgment, isolation, mindfulness, and preoccupation with their body image; this impact has been sustained several years later. In this presentation, we will share the results of our program, discuss how to bring a similar program to your institution, and sustain positive effects for years to come.

Audience Takeaway:

  • Identify an evidence-based intervention for helping people who are experiencing body image disturbance
  • List the steps needed to begin a body positive program at your institution
  • Complete an activity to increase self-compassion


Allison Insunza has been working in the field of health promotion for 10 years. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and Licensed Body Positive facilitator. In her role as a Health Educator at CSULB, she has been a Body Positive facilitator since 2016. Since then, she has facilitated 1-2 groups a semester and presented at the following conferences: ACHA Annual Meeting 2018, NIRSA Region VI Conference in 2023, and the 2023 ARHE/ARS/AAPG Annual Conference & HECAOD National Meeting.