Building girls’ self-esteem
inside and out
Program focuses on fun and interesting activities and the power of self-worth
program includes discussions about
self-esteem. Recently in Edson, girls
talked about beauty within and in
Bonnyville, they discussed healthy
weight, emphasizing that skinny does
not always mean healthy.
Alberta Health Services supports the
Go Girl program as a part of its 5-Year
Health Action Plan—to continue to
promote healthy eating and active living
in schools and communities.
“We want to inspire young girls
to stay active and enjoy physical
activities,” says Florence Senecal, a
health promotion facilitator with Alberta
Health Services in Bonnyville. “An
active lifestyle helps reduce the risk of
many chronic diseases and tobacco use.”
Physical activity also increases “happy”
hormones, such as serotonin, and
improves mental well-being.
Go Girl activities can include yoga,
martial arts, zumba dance, baseball and
fencing. In addition, the day includes
lunch, snacks and giveaways, along with
the chance for girls to make new friends.
“Trying new physical activities can
be intimidating, so this gives girls an
opportunity to try something new with
other girls,” says Senecal.
— lisa Peters
Around the world, girls and
women by the millions have more
opportunities and have achieved more
than ever before.
And yet low self-esteem plagues
them—especially in their teens. In our
increasingly image-conscious society,
teenage girls struggle with their weight
and body shape. And a study by the New
York University Child Centre found that
by 15 years old, girls are twice as likely to
become depressed as boys.
Go Girl, a new program by InMotion
Network, helps teenage girls build
their self-esteem and learn about being
healthy and strong—inside and out.
In the program, girls ages eight to
12 try fun and interesting physical
activities and learn the power of self-worth and confidence. As well, the
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