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Appalachian celebrates a month about you

celebrate_you_t.jpgBOONE—Appalachian State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services will host events throughout October for “A Month to Celebrate YOU!”  All events are focused on self-esteem, self-acceptance and empowerment.

An online calendar can be found at  For more information, contact Denise Lovin at 828-262-3180 or

The events are:

Oct. 2, 4 p.m., and Oct. 3, 5 p.m. Dig Pink Weekend- Appalachian Women’s Volleyball

Sponsored by Appalachian State University Athletics

Location: Holmes Convocation Center

Each year Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Rally pairs up with the Side-Out Foundation to spread awareness of and to raise funds for the discovery of a cure for breast cancer by hosting hundreds of featured high school and college matches across the country. Proceeds go directly towards the fight against breast cancer.

Like last year, Appalachian’s volleyball team will wear commemorative pink jerseys at both matches and the program encourages fans to don pink as well.

Over the past three years, the Mountaineers have raised more than $6,000 for Dig Pink.

Oct. 4, Day of True Beauty

Sponsored by the Women’s Center and Panhellenic Council

Location: Plemmons Student Union

The Appalachian’s Women’s Center and Panhellenic Council have teamed up to promote empowerment and self-esteem through the Appalachian’s True Beauty Campaign for a day of dressing down. Participants will be invited to wear jeans and a plain, white T-shirt to remind students that you need nothing more than yourself to feel beautiful. Contact tables from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. will provide information on the True Beauty campaign and Beauty Mark events for the Month to Celebrate YOU!, buttons, stickers, and “You are Beautiful” hand-mirrors.

Oct. 4, 9-10 p.m., Beauty Mark Bonfire

Sponsored by the Women’s Center and Panhellenic Council

Location: Duck Pond Field

To conclude the Day of True Beauty, a Beauty Mark Bonfire will be held on Duck Pond Field. Participants will be invited to write statements that may be holding them back from feeling beautiful everyday and placing them in the fire. It will be an evening of drumming, performance and inspirational speakers in celebration of beauty in all its forms.  Please email Sarah Towne at for more information.

Oct. 5, 4 p.m., Eating Healthy on a Budget

Sponsored by Earth Fare

Location: Earth Fare

Have you ever thought about eating healthier but just didn’t think you could afford it?  Join us to learn about healthy options for purchasing food that won’t overburden your wallet.  Store coupons and food samples will be provided.

Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m., The Knob- Two Miles of Pure Hill

Sponsored by the High Country Triple Crown

Location: Watauga County Public Library

Test your fitness and have some fun by running through beautiful downtown Boone and then straight up Howard’s Knob.  All proceeds from this event benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country (GOTR-HC).  GOTR-HC is an after-school program for girls in the 3rd-5th grade that uses the power of running to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.  Registration is $20 in advance and $30 day of the event.  Please visit for more information and to register.

Oct. 9, noon-3 p.m., You Are Beautiful Tailgating

Sponsored by the High Country Beauty Mark Committee

Location:  Kidd Brewer Stadium, near ticket booth

Join us for fun and feel-good music prior to Appalachian football against Elon. Be sure to pick up a “You Are Awesome” card and stickers.

Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., Screening of “Beauty Mark,” an empowering film about body image and the race for perfection

Sponsored by the High Country Beauty Mark Committee

Location:  IG Greer Cinema

There will be a free screening of a fresh, honest film about self-image and the disconnect between our minds and bodies.  This film is an inspiring and powerful must-see for both men and women of the High Country.

Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m., Healthy Skin, Healthy You- A Discussion about Beauty Care Products

Sponsored by Earth Fare

Location: Earth Fare

Did you know that ingredients in personal care products in the United States do not need approval by the FDA nor are they regulated or pre-market tested?  Come learn more about how to read product labels and options for healthier beauty care products.

Oct. 13, 5 p.m., “Beauty Mark,” a discussion with film producer Diane Israel

Sponsored by the High Country Beauty Mark Committee

Location:  Belk Library, room 421

Join us for a discussion with the film’s charismatic and inspiring producer, Diane Israel.  She shares insights with us about what it is to live and be “beautiful.”

Oct. 18, noon to 1 p.m., Body Project- Interactive Empowerment

Sponsored by Appalachian State University Counseling and Psychological Services

Location: Plemmons Student Union, Table Rock Room

Safer than Botox, less invasive than a tummy tuck and faster than any diet…feel beautiful in one hour and join us for interactive empowerment!

Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Coffee Talk- A panel discussion about eating disorders and how to help a friend

Sponsored by the High Country Beauty Mark Committee

Location: Plemmons Student Union, Attic Room

Our panel includes an eating disorder survivor, parents of an eating disorder survivor and a clinical director from a local treatment facility. There will be time for questions, informative discussion, coffee and treats.

Oct. 30, 10 a.m., Southern Conference Cross Country Championships

Sponsored by Appalachian State University Athletics

Location: State Farm Fields

Come cheer on the hometown favorites and be inspired by talented men and women pushing themselves to the limit.  Appalachian will compete for the Southern Conference title against the 12 schools in the division.