Girls in Motion
It’s no secret that childhood obesity is on the rise in this country. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, since 1980 obesity in children ages 2-5 has more than doubled, and has tripled in youth ages 6-19! The latest National Heath and Nutrition Examination Surveys indicate that of kids ages 2-19, a whopping 17.1% are overweight and another 16.5% are at risk for becoming overweight.
Because of these alarming numbers, the Junior League of Albany has developed a community project called Kids in Motion which focuses on engaging young girls in fitness and nutrition based activities to increase knowledge regarding the importance of being physically active and making healthy choices. The host of the program is Girls Inc., a national nonprofit organization who inspires girls to “be strong, smart and bold” by offering free programs to girls in 1st through 12th grades that embody these values. The JLA will provide fitness and nutrition related programming once a month over the course of six months working closely with the girls in various activities from basketball to yoga, and of course a little healthy snack making.
As a member of the JLA, I have volunteered to be the designated personal trainer for the program and will deliver the physical fitness information via a curriculum developed by the American Council on Exercise. We kicked off the program in September and it was really a great time working with the girls, they were engaged and excited to learn and participate. You can see how much fun they had during one of our fitness activities in the picture above.
The Junior League of Albany is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, an organization of woman committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.