Founder and Director of BE REAL. USA,
a nonprofit that envisions a world where each and every student can grow up with a healthy relationship to food and their body
Denise Hamburger, J.D., is the founder and executive director of BE REAL USA, a nonprofit that envisions a world where each and every student can grow up with a healthy relationship to food and their body. In 2019, Denise created a professional development workshop for teachers called Body Confident Schools and has delivered this training to over 1500 US teachers. She has spoken at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Amazon, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
BE REAL. is changing a culture that isn’t working for any body
BE REAL is a grassroots movement linking caring people in local communities, business, and government with organized opportunities to change a culture that isn’t working for anybody’s body image in today’s world.
We live in a time and place obsessed with appearance. Today’s social media — where so many kids edit and curate their own images — has created a culture where 70% of adolescent girls and 45% of adolescent boys don’t feel comfortable in their own skin.
Our children feel flawed in comparison to the perfect images they see on Instagram and other visual social media. Kids’ body dissatisfaction contributes to serious mental health problems: eating disorders, depression, isolation, anxiety, risky sexual behavior, substance abuse, and low self-esteem.
Our children’s focus on their bodies — how they appear to others, what measurements they need to meet, and what to feed them — has become an overwhelming distraction in their lives. It steals their time and energy because they spend so much of that time and energy focused on how they look. What could they do or how could they grow with all that time back? Research shows that children who grow up body confident have better physical and mental health, perform better in and out of school, and are more likely to fulfill their unique potential.
During her keynote, Denise will discuss the success she has experienced with her Body Confident Schools workshop and how we can all become advocates for body kindness in a world that is ready for the dialogue to change!
Interested in Being a sponsor?
Deadline for Speaker Sponsors is June 1, 2022
Deadline for All Other Sponsors is August 1, 2022
We are currently looking for national & local sponsors to help us create this exciting event for our Midwest audience!
Our sponsors will have the opportunity to be featured in all our marketing, present their materials at tables throughout the full-day event, and offer valuable breakout sessions for providers and the public.
If you are a business or organization who would like to be a sponsor, you can provide your own speaker, or we can pair you with a local eating disorders professional to provide your sponsored breakout sessions.
If you are a provider who would like to present, please let us know your interest. There are multiple levels of support available. We look forward to have you join us in 2022!
If you are interested, please contact:
Project Coordinator for Amy's Gift
Office: (563) 742-2455