I recently had the honor of speaking to 100+ junior high and high school girls on the importance of healthy living. The event was wonderful, powerful and encouraging. The goal was to gather as many young girls as possible and remind them of their worth & value. The evening focused on recognizing the messages we receive from the media, (see Beauty Pressure), allowed for opportunities to share struggles and provided skills to stay strong, confident and healthy throughout your high school years. A few women shared their stories regarding social pressure, eating disorders and addictions to shed light on issues that often go unmentioned.
My role was to speak on how to have a healthy view of diet and exercise. It was right up my alley and so much fun. I shared about finding balance, getting sleep and learning to listen to your body to know when you need rest. I also encouraged them to become “anti – fat talk” by not giving in to that kind of self-bashing that us girls can do. The night ended with a fun (and funny) Pilates workout as a group.