For Michelle Williams, it was as simple as walking her kids up stairs instead of taking an elevator. For Dara Bailey, it was changing the way she speaks to the girls in her program – building trust between participant and group leader, showing the girls that “adults are humans, too.” When more than 30 leaders…
Thirty program leaders recently attended a WSF GoGirlGo! Leadership Institute at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning in New York. Since the programs launch in 2001 it has helped more than one million girls get active. Working together to reach more girls, WSF discussed with the leaders the benefits of the curriculum and how it can be implemented in their communities.
It has been proven time and again that physical activity and sports can improve the health and well-being of American girls and women, serving to reinforce the preventative health message that girls and women deserve and need complete access to opportunities. Now, a 20-year respective study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released this month shows how children’s social skills impact their success.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes, a disease that affects 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S., is one of the fastest growing health issues in our country. Broken into two types, Type 1 and Type 2, the latter is the most common form and the scariest threat for our American children. According to the World Health Organization, increased consumption of energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods with high amounts of sugar and saturated fats combined with sedentary living has resulted in a global epidemic of obesity and in turn, Type 2 Diabetes.
With eleven million people currently battling eating disorders and the average onset as early as nine years old, the numbers are staggering. We often look to female athletes for possessing the most powerful — and many times, the most beautiful bodies — of all women. It would seem certain that these athletes would be immune…
Once you have a girl involved with physical activity, it’s important to maintain and develop her interests. As most of us know, pre-teens and teens can get easily bored and need some variation and incentive to stay engaged. Plus, it’s important that girls develop a lifelong love of being active. Women who are active in sports and recreational activities as girls feel greater confidence in their physical and social selves than those who were sedentary as kids.
The most important thing you can do to inspire a girl is to make everything a team effort. A girl is more likely to be active if her parent, guardian or other key adult in her life is active. Let her see you working out, sweating and making physical activity part of your life. Be a real-life hero as she sees you jogging that extra lap, attempting that 3-point shot, striking that yoga pose. There are a number of ways you can emphasize that you are in this together.
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.