Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds program.

Organization Sponsor: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

Organization Partner: Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport (now Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)

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Program Description

Initiative
• In 2007-08, the Ministry of Health Promotion provided a grant to
BBBSC through the Communities in Action Fund to help deliver the Go
Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds program.
• The program began in September 2007 and is intended to continue on
a permanent basis.
15 Big Brother Big Sister agencies have been identified to deliver the
Go Girls! program in collaboration with 25 schools across the province.
The program is designed to provide girls aged 12-14 with information
to help them make informed choices about healthy, active living and
support them in dealing with the emotional, social, and cultural issues
they may face.
Go Girls! is a mentor-lead, seven session program that incorporates
fun, educational games and activities designed to stimulate self-
reflection and group discussion. Each session addresses the topics of
active living, balanced eating, and feeling good. Participants and
mentors also complete a personal journal at the end of each session.
Key issues for girls participating in the program include:
• Body Image ;
• Self-Esteem ;
• Healthy Eating ;
• Physical Activity ;and
• Relationships.

Funding Sources: 

In 2007-08, the Ministry of Health Promotion provided a grant to BBBSC through the Communities in Action Fund to help deliver the Go
Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds program.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Go Girls!
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is a program designed to address the physical activity, balanced eating and positive self-image needs of young women ages 12-14 based on a group mentoring model.

The program consists of 7 mentoring sessions conducted over a 7-10 week period. Each session is 1.5-2 hours in length and is held after school, within school facilities.

Impact Of Program: 

The program is expected to reach approximately 828 low-income children in Ontario.
The program’s desired outcome is to provide girls with the tools they need to implement healthier and happier lifestyle.

Evaluation Tools: 

Evaluations by schools

Key Elements Towards Success: 

# o support girls and young women in choosing to maintain a healthy active lifestyle;
# To provide girls and young women with the tools and information they need to choose to lead and maintain a healthy lifestyle; To enhance competence, confidence and self esteem of girls and young women regarding healthy active living; and
# To build the leadership and life skills of all program participants.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Peer pressure can distract kids if it is negative but work well if it i positive.

Length and Stage of Project: 

The program began in September 2007 and is intended to continue on a permanent basis.

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