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Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold

Girls Inc.: Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

It's good to be a girl in this world today. I like being a girl because I can speak for myself. I can stand up for myself. Being a girl makes me strong.

A Message from Judy Vredenburgh on 2013 Declining Childhood Obesity Rates

NEW YORK - August 6, 2013 - A new CDC report shows a small but significant decrease in obesity among preschoolers from low-income households in 18 states. This decline is particularly worthy of celebration because preschoolers who are overweight or obese are five times more likely to be so as adults.

It is also a critical opportunity for examining what works and invigorating efforts across youth and family service organizations, as the report also found obesity rates held steady in 20 states and increased in three.

At Girls Inc., we recognize that the obesity problem is complex and requires a holistic approach that includes both mental and physical well-being. So we developed our Girls Inc. Mind + Body Initiative to give the girls we serve the knowledge, skills, and attitude required to form and maintain a healthy, positive sense of self. It focuses on four areas: physical activity, nutrition, body image, and stress.

We also recognize the importance of the role of parents and caregivers in supporting girls to develop healthy habits — and the incredible power girls have to enact positive change hand-in-hand with their families.

So at Girls Inc., girls and families are provided with flexible, supportive tactics and resources to set goals accommodating their schedule, lifestyle, interests, and cultural traditions. They learn healthier versions of favorite recipes, discuss where to find fresh foods in their neighborhoods, and take on the challenge of increasing the steps they take 25 percent in six weeks. They are also guided and supported by trained staff who celebrate successes, encourage resilience in the face of setbacks, and connect healthy living to other activities and opportunities in girls’ lives.

Eliminating childhood obesity requires more than a one-size-fits-all and cannot be achieved alone. We are grateful for the efforts of other movements, such as the Let’s Move campaign founded by First Lady Michelle Obama, our Honorary Board Chair, in prioritizing this issue.

Girls Inc. is committed to inspiring girls grow up strong smart, and bold. Health is a key piece of helping girls be successful as they move forward in their lives. We are proud to take on this challenge and will continue to further the health and well-being of every girl we reach, her family, her community, and her future.  

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