Helping get girls up, active, and off their diets |
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Sandra Friedman, author of Body Thieves, a book which examines topics
concerning girls in adolescence relating to body image issues and physical
activity, spoke at a public information session this evening at the North York
Civic Centre. The session, which was jointly hosted by Toronto Parks and
Recreation and Toronto Public Health, was the second local appearance by
Friedman this week. She spoke in Mississauga last night at a similar session
hosted by the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and the Body Image
Coalition of Peel.
"We want to raise awareness about this issue and help encourage girls to become
more involved in sports," said Claire Tucker-Reid, General Manager of Toronto
Parks and Recreation. "We know that sport and physical activity can improve
girls' self-esteem and confidence, in addition to the physical benefits."
A major emphasis of Friedman's presentation, as discussed in detail in her
book, focused on identifying and overcoming barriers to girls' participation in
physical activity, and offered practical skills and strategies for use with
girls. Her overall message to those in attendance was how to build connections
with girls, get them off their diets and become more physically active.
Toronto Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of recreation programs for
girls of all ages. For additional information regarding programs, residents
are encouraged to contact their local community centre or call Access Toronto