Published on July 13, 2016

Navigating adolescence is difficult and one of the most complicated challenges is body image.

More than half of adolescent girls have a negative body image and more than a third of boys think they’re too short or don’t weigh enough.

Parkview Medical Center, through its Spirit of Women program, held an event to help equip kids and their parents against the thorny issues of body image with “Love your Selfie," at the Fire Playce, 113 E. Abriendo Ave.

Lynn Evetts, a nurse practitioner with Parkview Adult Medicine Clinic, presented a program that focused on both the physical and emotional changes kids go through and how to help develop a healthy body image in the face of cultural and media pressures to meet impossible standards.

The evening provided lots of fun, education and a chance for about 40 kids to show off their artistic skills by painting their own mug.

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.