In the Arena

Body Confident School Environment

Center for Disease Control

CDC Health Schools Branch

On August 12, 2021 state school superintendents and other educators joined Founder and Executive Director of BE REAL, Denise Hamburger and STRIPED Director S. Bryn Austin for training on how to create Body Confident Schools using the CDC Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community framework. 

Download Integrating Body Confident Schools Across the WSCC Info Sheet

Body Confident Schools Training

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

On December 9, 2020, primary and secondary school professionals joined Founder and Executive Director of BE REAL, Denise Hamburger, and STRIPED Director S. Bryn Austin, for a free evidence-informed training on how to create a Body Confident School.

ED Matters Podcast

Denise was interviewed on ED Matters: The Gurze/Salucore podcast airing once a week where we interview the top experts in the field of eating disorders, sharing information for individuals recovering from eating disorders, their loved ones, clinicians in the field, and other individuals, professional or otherwise seeking to learn about eating disorders. 

Listen to the episode with Denise on Body Confident Schools here.

NEDA Podcast & Blog

Denise was featured on the National Eating Disorders Blog for their #NEDAwareness Week Blog Series.  She was also featured on NEDA’s podcast speaking about Body Confident Parenting During COVID-19.

Listen to the NEDA podcast here.

Read “Every Woman” of My Era blog post here.

Sheridan Road Magazine

Featured in “Power Women” by Sherry Thomas

October 1, 2020

Speaking on Body Confident Schools and Body Confident Kids

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Eating Disorder Prevention Incubator, STRIPED, for the National Association of School Psychologists, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Healthy Schools Division, Washington DC

United States Department of Agriculture for the Food and Nutrition Service Division, Washington DC

Amazon Body Positive Peers, Seattle, Washington

Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut

Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE), Washington DC

Quad Cities Eating Disorder Conference, Keynote Speaker, Bettendorf, Iowa

Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa, Educators Conference
Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Iowa School Nurses Organization Conference, Storm Lake, Iowa

BBYO Women’s Leadership and Advisory Council, Washington DC

BBYO Midwest Conference, Youth Presentation, Deerfield, Illinois

BBYO Midwest Conference, Parent Presentation, Deerfield, Illinois

New Trier High School, BodyKind, Winnetka, Illinois

Brooklyn Center Community High School Teacher Training, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota



Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan

The Marist School, Atlanta, Georgia

Silver Creek High School, Longmont, Colorado

Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center, Madison, Wisconsin

JMG Professional Services Client Group, Oakbrook, Illinois

Sante Fe BOCES, La Junta, Colorado

Project Maria, Rock County, Wisconsin

YogaRoots, Petoskey, Michigan

Art Impact Project, Lake Bluff, Illinois

The Nourished Girls Project, Raising Nourished Girls Interview Series.  Santa Rosa, California 

Schuylkill Intermediate, Mar Lin, Pennsylvania

West Central Indiana Educational Service Center, Greencastle, Indiana

Strive Prep Schools, Denver, Colorado

Glencoe Public Schools, Glencoe, Illinois

Chicago Lab Schools, Chicago, Illinois

Professional Development Alliance, Joliet, Illinois


Administrator Academy, West40 Regional Office of Education (ROE), Hillside, Illinois 

West40 ROE, Hillside, Illinois

ROE 3, Vandalia, Il

ROE 11, Charleston, Il

ROE 12, Robinson, Il

ROE 13, Mount Vernon, Il

ROE 20, Harrisburg, Il

ROE 21, Benton, Il

ROE 26, Macomb, Il

ROE 32, Champaign, Il

ROE 39, Decatur, Il

ROE 41, Edwardsville, Il

ROE 44, Woodstock Il

ROE 48 Peoria, Il

ROE 56, Joliet, Il

ISC South, Chicago Heights, Il

New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois 

Highland Park High School, Highland Park, Illinois

Deerfield High School, Deerfield, Illinois

Libertyville High School, Libertyville, Illinois

Stephenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois

Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Illinois

Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, Illinois

New Lennox Schools, New Lennox, Illinois

Women’s Exchange, Winnetka, Illinois