Ages 5-13 years
Ages 11-14 years old
Sponsored by The YK Delta Women in Philanthropy
Dates: September 16th - November 20th
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Eligibility: Open to Girls ages 11-14 who are currently in 6th, 7th or 8th grade.
Benefits of the Smart Fit Girls Program:
Increased physical activity.
The health benefits of being physically active throughout the lifespan are widely known. Individuals who are highly physically active are more likely to have greater self-esteem, better body image, and increased physical activity self-efficacy. Currently, the average PE program provides less than 12% of the recommended daily amount of physical activity, with adolescent girls being the least active group. Overall physical activity levels also drop significantly during adolescence, particularly for girls. A recent study found that girls participated in 2.5 hours less physical activity per week compared to boys. So, during every SFG session, our girls spend ~45-60 minutes being active. A majority of this active time is focused on weight training but we also understand the importance of active play and have allocated time for free play as well.
Regular physical activity and active play has been shown to contribute to academic achievement and reduce attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). One potential reason for these effects is the greater production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that results from being physically active. Moderate to vigorous physical activity has been shown to promote the production of BDNF, which aids in the creation of new brain cells and promotes memory retention and learning.
During our program, the girls learn about anatomy, nutrition, and different formats of weight training. They also have the opportunity to discuss psychosocial components of health, including self-esteem and body image. Having a high self-esteem has been shown to lead to many positive outcomes, including improved social relationships, occupational success, and academic achievement. Self-esteem has also been shown to have a positive association with body image; those who demonstrate high levels of self-esteem are more likely to report a positive body image.
Registration by a parent or guardian is required.
For more information contact Stacey at email@example.com or 543-0390.