As our 40th anniversary celebration continues, we kicked off our third #WSFCELEBRATES40 Twitter Party on Wednesday, July 30. Featuring WSF’s Past Presidents Donna de Varona, Lyn St. James, Angela Ruggiero, Jessica Mendoza, Aimee Mullins, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Wendy Hilliard, Carol Mann and Julie Foudy, we discussed their experiences as WSF leaders and what they have been up to since their presidency. A special thanks to our Past Presidents and a shout out to those of you who joined us! Stay tuned and join us for our fourth Twitter Party next month. In the meantime, check out some of the best tweets from this month’s party.
Appearing to buck national trends, the prevalence of severe obesity among school children in New York City was down by almost 10 percent in the 2010-11 school year from 2006-07, researchers reported last month. The study, published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, measured the height and weight dimensions of approximately 947,765 children attending public schools ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade.
A landmark new study examining the burden of stress on the lives of Americans is making headlines and pushing the importance of physical activity even more into the media spotlight. The NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health “Burden of Stress in America Survey” was conducted from March 5 to April 8, 2014 and surveyed approximately 2,500 respondents.
According to a new study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the first time in decades, obesity rates among preschoolers are falling in many states. This implicates small but significant declines in obesity among low-income preschoolers, found in 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands from 2008 to 2011.
Last year, Women’s Sports Foundation Senior Director of Advocacy, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, shared in a blog from our SHENetwork.org that there is no statute protecting Olympic athletes from coach or peer sexual harassment or assault. Hogshead-Makar also expressed that tort law has proven to be inadequate in protecting these victims of sexual harassment or assault because many National Governing Bodies (NGBs) have structured their insurance agreements to make them effectively judgment-proof. Because of this lack of protection, the Women’s Sports Foundation provided expert council to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and called for additional protections to its by-laws.
MSN News recently posted an article focusing on Russia’s fairly new “anti-gay gag ruling,” which President Vladimir Putin signed in June. According to the Huffington Post, this law has stirred up some controversy regarding next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The new rule forbids the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.”