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Idaho State University

Positive Body Image Symposium


Positive Body Image Agenda

March 11, 2020

Wood and Little Wood River Rooms

Pond Student Union



9 am:  Embodied Movement – Molly Jorgensen, MFA, CLMA, SME/T – Adjunct Faculty, Idaho State University, Founder and Owner of MBody Movement


10am:   Media, Body Image and You – Janette Olsen, Ph.D. – Health Education Director/Associate Professor – Department of Community & Public Health, College of Health Professions


11am: Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating:  Promoting Positive Health – 

Danielle Basye, RD, LD, RYT, Center for Change


12pm: Lunch (Provided, please RSVP)


1 pm: Finding Peace with Body Image – Allison (Alyee) Willets, LPC, NCC, Center for Change


2pm: Sizeism: A Perspective on Biases, Career Inequities, and Health Disparities – Christian D. Chan, PhD, NCC, Assistant Professor of Counseling, Olivia T. Ngadjui, LPC, Doctoral Student in Counselor Education and Counseling, Aishwarya Joshi, LPC, NCC, Doctoral Student in Counselor Education and Counseling, Idaho State University


3pm: Identify Recreation and Body Image – Janette Olsen, Ph.D. – Health Education Director/Associate Professor – Department of Community & Public Health, College of Health Professions


4pm:  Social Media:  The Toxic Looking Glass – Lisa Salazar, Ph.D. – Master of Public Health Director/Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Community & Public Health, College of Health Professions



5:30:  Keynote: Meg Johnson


Meg Johnson has motivated tens of thousands of people across the globe with her motto: When life gets too hard to stand, just keep on rollin'! Meg fell off a cliff and broke her neck in 2004, at the age of 22. She spent four months in the hospital recovering from multiple injuries and returned home without the use of her legs, back, stomach, or hands - a quadriplegic. Wheelchair bound and determined, Meg refuses to sit still. Since she was paralyzed, Meg has competed at the national Ms. Wheelchair America pageant in New York, winning the Spirit Award; founded and directs Ms. Wheelchair Utah; instituted a service outreach program; and authored several books. She received the 2012 Weber County Athena Award, which recognizes her service efforts. Her motivational books and live-recorded talks on CD are available at book stores. Meg’s Monthly Message is read by thousands across the globe. Meg has been married to her husband, Whit Johnson, since 2008 and they have two daughters.



"I am the one in the wheelchair, but I am not the only one who knows what it feels like when this life gets too hard to stand. All of us have disabilities. And the worst ones don't even affect you on the outside, they are the ones who paralyze you inside - socially, spiritually, emotionally, mentally... Finding the strength to put one foot in front of the other is a trial for us all, even if there's nothing wrong with your feet. And we all need a little help to keep on rollin.'"


Before the wheelchair, Meg was a ballroom dancer and professional party planner. Then a weekend trip changed it all and Meg was paralyzed on March 6, 2004 when she was hiking in Southern Utah. She accidentally jumped off a 40-foot cliff, breaking both of her femurs, wrists, collar bone, and four bones in her neck. She became a C-7 quadriplegic.


Though confined to a wheelchair, Meg refuses to sit still. She started out her time in a wheelchair playing rugby, also known as Murderball, with the Utah Scorpions. Less than a year and a half after her injury, Meg represented Utah as an independent delegate at the national Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant in New York, winning the Spirit Award. That same year, Meg founded Utah’s chapter of the Ms. Wheelchair pageant, which boasted record-breaking audience attendance and contestant participation. Her reach has included teens and littles in wheelchairs through the Teen Spokes and Princess Pageant.

Meg was paralyzed halfway through college, but finished her degree at Weber State University. She has a BA in Communications with a minor in English. Part of her college experience was as an intern at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Meg taught high school released-time seminary at Layton, Northridge, and Fremont High Schools in Northern Utah.

In addition to numerous television and print stories, Meg was the cover story for Wasatch Women in 2008. She has been the inspiration for several documentaries and movies including Falling Up.

Meg is a founding partner for Jumping Turtle LLC and Our Turtle House. Her work as an influencer has touched many on a local, national, and international level and Meg is a recipient of the Athena Leadership Award.

Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center

Rendezvous 235, Stop 8141

Idaho State University

Pocatello, ID 83209-8141


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