A Parent Shares Her Story of How Girls in the Game Changed Her Daughters Life
Let me begin by stating as a mother of a 17 year old young woman, how thrilled I am to hear about Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative. Thank you for taking time and making the health of our children a priority!
How do they do this? The Staff, Board of Directors, Advisory Board Members, Sponsors, children and parents work together. Their mission is always clear, their priority is always present, their dedication to their founding principles are here to stay!
My daughter began when she was 8 years old as a summer camper with Girls in the Game. This week at 17-1/2 she is interviewing for a Senior Summer Camp Counselor.
How does this progression happen? I know first hand ... they have offer many opportunities in the community that allowed the girls access to know healthy lifestyles, women empowerment through career days, attend seminars to learn how to affect the emotional well-being of themselves and others, healthy cooking/eating classes, and learn every possible sport under the sun! This has been accomplished by making each event fun. After this many years it's like osmosis, it's just who they are and they ar excited to share it with others.
One major way to effectively combat obesity is to address the envionments where our children spend most of their time eating, school & home! This seems like such a natural arena, it's all about education! Home Economics and Physical Education has been removed in many environments due to budget cuts. As a society we have created the "perfect storm" for obesity to occur. Children are like sponges, they absorb what is in their everyday life. When we provide children access and education they become empowered, educated and confident. A well-adjusted child at home becomes a well-adjusted member of society. This is "healthcare reform" at its finest!
I sincerely will continue to look for opportunities to assist Chicago and the State of Illinois in furthering this initiative.