Women leaders explain how afterschool empowers girls

by Robert Abare

Earlier this month, we told you about the Afterschool Alliance's participation in the #GirlsAre campaign, launched by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Clinton Foundation to encourage young girls to live more active lives. The campaign aims to combat damaging trends facing America's girls, like the fact that the total number of minutes girls participate in vigorous physical activity drops by 86 percent netween the ages of 6 and 17.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation recently published a Q&A with four women leaders in the afterschool field to discuss their personal and professional perspectives on girls' fitness. Considering that over 10 million children across the USA participate in afterschool programs, gaining access to exercise opportunties and healthy foods, afterschool can clearly play a huge role in this movement to level the playing field. 

The Q&A included the Director of Health and Wellness Inititiatives for the Afterschool Alliance, Tiereny Lloyd. "Since afterschool programs are attended by boys and girls evenly, the afterschool setting is a great opportunity to provide inclusive co-ed physical activity opportunities," she said.

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