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Student Body team members

Gail McVey, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Joanne Gusella, Ph.D., Co-Investigator
Stacey Tweed, MA. Research Coordinator
Manuela Ferrari, MSc. Graduate Student
Jennifer Roussel, Research Assistant
Lesley Colpitts, Research Assistant

The Student Body is a teacher training module designed to help alert teachers (and parents) to the factors that can trigger unhealthy dieting among children, and ways to prevent it.

This website sheds light on 6 areas of concern:



These 6 learning modules utilize animated vignettes, videos and background information for teachers (and parents) so they can experience some of the positive and negative factors affecting body image and unhealthy eating habits.


The research team would like to thank the teachers and public health practitioners from Ontario and Nova Scotia who participated in the study.

The team would also like to acknowledge the involvement of the following organizations on the advisory committee:

Toronto Public Health, York Region Health Services Department, City of Hamilton Public Health and Social Services Department, Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA), Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition (OHSC), Halton Catholic District School Board, and the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC).


The development and evaluation of The Student Body: Promoting Health At Any Size was supported by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research awarded to Gail McVey, Ph.D., at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Joanne Gusella, Ph.D., at IWK Health Care Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Gail McVey holds a 5-year mid career award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Gender and Health) and the Ontario Women's Health Council. This site was designed, developed, and built in collaboration with the AboutKidsHealth team at SickKids (See


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