Yesterday I had the privilege of leading a workshop called Girl Power! for young ladies ages 10-15 in the Fairfax County area. Girl Power was instituted to give girls a positive and encouraging environment where they could learn healthy life choices and empowerment. It's main philosophy is to give girls resiliency and strength to say no to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Their pledge (which is so cute to hear) is:
"I am a girl with responsibilities, strength, and power. I am a girl who can be anything I want to be. I am a girl with the knowledge and courage to stand up for what I believe in. I am a girl with respect for myself and others. I have Girl Power!"
So, anyway, I was recruited to teach a workshop called Let's Move! for the girls. It was a blast but definitely exhausting. Like my home-designed logo?
We went over the basics like what they should be doing everyday to stay healthy like aerobic, muscle and bone strengthening exercises. I explained to them that you don't have to be an athlete to exercise, and there are ways other than deprivation to get in shape. Then, I got them up and did 5 fitness stations and made them sing the entire time so they would get out of breath. They had wayyy more fun than I thought they would, so that was a good experience.
They were SO excited to meet Miss Teen Virginia. Lame. I mean she isn't lame, but I think it's cooler to promote things other than pageantry to little girls. They see this beauty and then they all want to be her and they say things like "how does she stay so skinny?!?" and she says things like "In pageants, you have to be skinny, so some girls make themselves sick! You need a tiny waist! I, however, am blessed with a great metabolism!"
Really, chick? So, when they come to my workshop they're all hyped up on being skinny and it's my job to stress healthy over skinny and that it's more important to be in shape for health reasons than just look good. I guess it's not about what I think though...
Anyway, enough of my rant. Basically, the message is eat well, get moving, have fun and be healthy. I think many people (not just little girls) would have benefitted from yesterday, so if you want some non-expert and doable advice, I'm all yours.
Til then, ciao.