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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 13, 2005

Women's Center Offers Groups Beginning In Early February

The Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa is will be offering a number of groups that are open to the public beginning in early February.

"Body Positive!" is a discussion group addressing issues of body image, mind/body connection and political, social and emotional aspects related to eating issues. It is designed especially for individuals struggling with eating problems, but is open to anyone who has an interest in or connection to the topic. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 8.

A unique journaling group, "Sharing and Reflecting on Food, Family and Self," will focus on writing and reflections about how food shapes identity and reflects individuals' backgrounds. Participants of all genders, ages, ethnicities, levels of writing and cooking are welcome. The group will meet on Wednesday evenings beginning Feb. 9.

A postpartum therapy group will be offered for women experiencing postpartum depression or difficulties adjusting after childbirth. Facilitators for the six-week group are a clinical psychologist and an advanced graduate student in counseling psychology with extensive professional knowledge in postpartum mood disorders. The group will provide information on postpartum mood difficulties and focus on role transitions such as adjusting to motherhood, and its impact on significant relationships and mood. The group will meet on Thursday evenings beginning Feb. 3.

"The Winter Blues" is a support group focusing on depression. This peer-support group will promote self-care and self-awareness through exercises and activities while bridging connections between participants through shared experiences. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 8.

"He's Just Not That Into You" is a discussion group based on the popular book of the same name, which seeks to empower women to avoid unsatisfying relationships and instead seek healthy partnerships. The aim of the group is to energize, uplift, and liberate participants to explore familiar scenarios, classic mindsets and mixed messages received from culture, the media and family. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 8.

"SMART: Single Mothers Achieving and Reflecting Together" returns Feb. 7. This group offers single mothers an opportunity to network, share resources and socialize with peers who truly understand the difficulty of parenting on one's own. The group meets on Monday evenings beginning Feb. 7.

The Feminist Fiction Reading Group will meet once monthly for interesting, thought-provoking discussions on feminism in fiction novels. Discussions focus on a different novel each month. The group meets on the first Wednesday evening of each month, beginning Feb. 2.

Pre-registration is required to attend these groups, and they are open to the public. While there is no charge for participation in either group, there is a suggested donation of $10 for the entire run of the group, to help cover the center's costs in providing them.

For more information, or to arrange for needed accommodations to participate, please call the Center at 319-335-1486 or visit www.uiowa.edu/~wrac.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stefanie Greenberg, 319-335-1486, stefanie-greenberg@uiowa.edu; Writer: Linda Kroon