FITGirl, Inc. 12 Week Program with GoGirlGo! Award Winning Curriculum
The goals of the curriculum are for girls to:
- Become more physically active, working their way up to getting 60 minutes of exercise a day…and staying active for life!
- Develop and maintain self-respect, self-confidence, and a positive self-image.
- Understand the connection between mind and body.
- Internalize the message that there is no one “ideal” body type.
- Begin to understand the consequences of and explore alternatives to health-risk behaviors.
- Gain developmentally appropriate knowledge of nutrition and the health benefits of physical activity.
- Increase their motivation to participate in sports and other kinds of physical activity.
- Be able to respond positively to peer pressure.
- Accept and respect others.
- Build positive relationships with adult facilitators and the peers in the group.
- Build leadership skills and serve as role models for other girls to get physically active.
- Learn how to set goals and work towards achieving them.
The curriculum consists of 12 lessons, each of which features a story by a local athlete or a peer role model and accompanying physical activities, discussion questions, facilitator tips, and healthy snack ideas.
The lessons focus on helping girls explore important issues in their lives, helping them to build a positive self-image and motivating them to develop an interest in participating in sports and other kinds of physical activity. The lessons also help girls discover how they interact with the world around them, and aims to empower them to affect change in their own lives and the lives of others in their communities.
Each lesson also contains a “Try @ Home” activity. This is an activity girls should do at home on their own between sessions, working eventually toward a goal of being active 60 minutes a day.
Youth Physical Activity Guidelines
Girls should have 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily.
Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.
Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.
Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2008.
Programs are held at Kosama located on 144th & Maple on Sunday’s. Ages 8-10 years (4-5PM) and ages 11-13 years (5:15-6:15PM). Included in fee, girls receive backpack, shirt, water bottle, jump rope and journal. Snacks provided at some of the classes and recipes from Eat Fit Go provided weekly. Girls will also have an opportunity to win prizes from area retailers as an incentive to exercise daily and eat healthy.
Winter/Spring 2018 Classes are Sold Out. Classes will begin again in September 2018 and registration will open in May.
Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting the EmpowerU program!
Women’s Sports Foundation
Eat Fit Go
Boulder Creek Amusement Park
Creighton University Athletics
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Just Pop’d Popcorn
Oak View Mall
Natalie Jensen Photography
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