Thursday, February 14, 2008

After-School Program Teaches Girlpower

DVDs and books by Denise Austinby Denise Austin

A former female Ironman triathlete says she's found a way to help young girls successfully navigate the hormonal minefield known as puberty — hit the track! Molly Barker, founder of the Girls on the Run program, set out to counter the tendency of girls to leave sports behind once they enter puberty. Barker says she remembers all too well the pressures she felt as a young girl to fit into what she calls the girl box — an idealized image of femininity that didn't include being an athlete.

Barker's after-school program has helped some 40,000 preteens stay active and build their self-esteem through their successes on the field. A second program,
called Girls on Track, focuses on encouraging middle-school-age girls to keep moving. And guess what? It's working! Girls who participate in these programs report feeling better about their changing bodies and more comfortable in their skin.

If you have a young woman in your life, encourage her not to give up sports and other "sweaty" activities just to fit in! Being a woman doesn't mean sitting on the sidelines. It's a lesson that will serve her for life!

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Achieve success with quotes by Bonnie Blair

Five-time Olympic gold medalist speed skater Bonnie Blair said,
I never could have achieved the success that I have without setting physical activity and health goals.

I'm definitely going to miss hearing the sound of that gun.

My parents put skates on me at age 2, the way it should be if you're serious, and I've always liked it.

No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal.

The sport I love has taken me around the world and shown me many things.

Winning doesn't always mean being first. Winning means you're doing better than you've ever done before.

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