The best way to combat fear of being active in girls is to teach them to move in ways that their body and personality-type enjoy. It’s important to try to make every encounter that a girl has with activity a positive one. Here are some easy tips on keeping it fun.
From an early age, girls are programmed to shy away from sports and activity for many reasons– little confidence in their abilities, not identifying as an athlete, fear of teasing and more. In order to guide our girls to the healthiest, happiest life possible, we need turn those negatives attitudes about physical activity around. What are some of the barriers and what can you do about them? Part Two of our Get Girls Active series breaks it down.
Much of our research indicates that lack of physical activity is directly related to increased pregnancy, delinquency, obesity, truancy and increased risk taking (use of drugs and alcohol) among girls. Research suggests that physical activity is an effective tool for reducing the symptoms of stress and depression among girls. Bottom line: sports help girls in all aspects of their lives. But what happens when a girl is resistant to getting active? Our new blog series provides you with crucial information and tips to get girls active and help guide them to a healthier, happier life.
It’s become pretty much a widely-known fact that children do better academically when they participate in regular sports or fitness, even though schools continue to cut or even eliminate recess time. But until a recent influx of studies on the issue, there has been little hard evidence to back it up.
This much we know is true: sport is one of the most important socio-cultural learning experiences for girls. Aside from the known health benefits yielded by regular participation in sports and physical fitness, there are countless intangibles girls can take away from sports. These lessons will last a lifetime, long after the final high school soccer game or swim team race. Our almost four-decades-long commitment to making sure every girl has the opportunity to learn these lessons has uncovered some universal truths everyone must know.
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month! To do our part in raising awareness of the troubling disease, we have compiled some facts and statistics about childhood obesity, its health effects and its prevention. Knowledge is power and these eye-opening figures will certainly empower you to get the girls in your life moving!
Earlier this month, ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz spoke with President Barack Obama about the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, Title IX and sports in general during a visit to the White House.
Sydney Sachs is a 17-year-old high school senior from Chicago, Illinois. A former member of the U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics team for six years, Sachs has since turned her attention toward preparing for college. Not one to be away from physical activity for long, Sachs came to us and asked about running her own GoGirlGo! program for underserved girls in Chicago. In a new weekly blog series, guest-blogger Sachs will share her experience as she teaches our award-winning GoGirlGo! curriculum.
Michelle Segar, Ph.D., M.P.H. is the Associate Director of the Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy (SHARP) Center for Women and Girls, the Women’s Sport Foundation research collaboration with the University of Michigan. In a new piece on WomensHealth.gov, Dr. Segar discusses her SMART method of exercise, which she designed to help women ages 40 to 60 find the right reasons to stick with a fitness program.