Developing a healthy lifestyle early is key. Strong Women, Strong Girls, a nationally recognized mentoring program does just that. The program connects girls with college women and puts them on the path from the classroom to the corporate world, or wherever their careers take them.
The program currently serves women and girls in Boston, Pittsburgh and Miami and focuses on relationships, skills and healthy role models. Nearly 100 community centers currently participate in the program, which includes 500 volunteers and the partnership of 14 colleges that provide mentors. Approximately 10,000 girls have participated since the start of the program.
Katina Taylor, the vivacious vice president of the Jason Taylor Foundation, created a 10-week series of video exercises to correspond with Get Active!, a new campaign designed to build lifelong healthy habits in girls and young women. Check out some of them here.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends 60 minutes of daily activity (which may be broken up into smaller increments) for young adults under the age of 18. If you don't live near one of the community centers, you can start your own neighborhood or family program to help your children and other young kids get and stay active. Here's how.
Be creative. A treadmill workout makes exercise a big snooze for adults and kids alike. Add an interesting location, a few toys and the kiddos will actually enjoy staying physically active.
Once you've run through your own ideas, speak with a certified fitness professional or your child's physical education teacher to help you take the next step. The point is: Even if the youths in your area don't have access to the Strong Women, Strong Girls locations, you can be a health mentor to your own children as well as to other kids in your locale.
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