2012, Year of the Female Athlete!
Women’s sports and athletics have come a long way over the past several decades. This past Olympic Games in London proved that women are dominating athletic competition.
For the first time in history, every country had at least one female athlete participate in the games.
Over half of the athletes from the U.S. team consisted of women athletes. That’s another first for the history books.
Another pretty amazing stat is the U.S. female athletes brought back more gold medals than an accumulation of medals from any other country.
Focusing on women’s athletics, especially at an early age will do more than just bring more medals and winners home from the Olympics and other sporting events.
It will help prevent the major risks women face today. These risks include heart disease, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Many of these are the “effect” of sedentary lifestyles causing obesity among teenage girls.
We are in a critical time in history where our youth, ages of 12-16 will not outlive their parents if “we” as a society don’t change things now!
These historical moments at this past Olympics proves that we’re on the right path and more and more women are taking to active lifestyles.
Lolo Jones, a U.S. Olympian has her own foundation for helping youth raise themselves from poverty and live healthier lives. Run Lolo Run!
Organizations like, The Women's Sports Foundation, have a program called “Go Girl Go!” They're out working hard in the community to get young girls out and active.
If you’re looking for a way to help out, contact Go Girl Go or other organizations that support female athletics and let’s keep moving towards active and healthy children!
Start Strong, Finish Stronger!
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