Middle school girls across the state of Georgia are being empowered to get moving! GEM (Girls Empowering Movement) is a statewide program to improve physical activity in middle school girls by empowering them to create their own solutions to improve their short-term and long-term health. The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) made a five-year $4.1 million grant to HealthMPowers to work with middle school girls across the state to design the program and to be presented to middle school girls in Georgia. Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is proud to partner with AFYF and HealthMPowers, along with Georgia Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, and the University of West Georgia, to implement the programming.
Recent data shows that when it comes to aerobic capacity in girls, only 41% of 8th grade girls in Georgia reach the healthy fitness zone on heart health, compared to 57% of 8th grade boys. Based on this data from research and programs led by AFYF, girl leaders will create a sustainable framework for middle school girls to create a leadership physical empowerment program.
To learn more and hear from girls themselves, visit www.healthmpowers.org/GEM and follow along on social media at #GEMpowerGA.