Those of you who follow me on Instagram saw my exciting news. I was one of 30 women selected to be a Movemeant foundation ambassador! When I decided to start this blog, the purpose was to encourage women to love themselves and inspire them to encourage others. Several of my posts so far have been about this (This one, this one, and this one to name a few). I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to partner with this incredible organization.
What is the Movemeant foundation?
The Movemeant foundation raises awareness to the body image crisis in girls and women. They do this by promoting various forms of physical movement to build self-confidence, advocating for awareness of positive body image, rewriting the cultural narrative of beauty, developing a mentorship and role model program, and addressing how technology impacts self-esteem. Movemeant uses the money donated to provide grants to encourage girls to move in so many different ways.
Read more about the Movemeant foundation here.
Why do I want to get involved?
This body image crisis is an epidemic.
By middle school, 40-70% of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body, and body satisfaction hits rock bottom between the ages of 12 and 15.
This means that more than half of the sweet babies I work with since kindergarten leave me and begin to experience body dissatisfaction. As a school counselor, I see and hear first hand the truth behind this statistic. However, if I am being honest, I have fifth and sixth grader (10-12 year olds) that have told me they were “ugly” or “fat” or don’t like their nose or lips. Seriously. It breaks my heart every time, but it reminds me that every girl/woman needs encouragement and to be inspired.
One more alarming statistic:
51.7% of women ages 18 – 39 reported no participation in any physical activity.
When I read about Movemeant and how it uses physical activity to promote positive body image and encourage ladies, I knew I had to get involved. Becoming physically active and participating in different activities has made such a difference in the way I feel about myself from the inside out. Watching my body become stronger has empowered my mind. I have developed meaningful friendships that I never would have without my fitness communities.
What is my role as an ambassador?
My job is to raise awareness for not only the epidemic that is plaguing women across the country, but what the foundation is doing to help combat it. I will be hosting fundraisers to raise money for grants and work in my school and fitness community to spread the message of body acceptance and benefits of phyical activity. Basically, my role as an ambassador is to continue doing what I am hopefully already doing with this blog.
Let’s get moving! Find something you love to get involved in and just do it. Build each other up. Encourage one another. It is never too late to star. You can do this, because you are worth it.
Images and facts from Movemeant Foundation.