31 Mar Big News! // I’m a Movemeant Foundation Ambassador!
Good Morning, Everyone!
I have a fun announcement for you all today…
Those of you who follow me on Instagram have already seen my exciting news. I was one of 30 women selected to be a Movemeant foundation ambassador! I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to be a part of this wonderful 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 and encouraging women to find one that fits their personality and life. That’s not all they do… They strive to build self-confidence by 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 of all ages to move in different ways.
You can find out more about the Movemeant foundation here.
Why Does it Matter to Me?
By now you know that I’m a high school teacher. I work with teenage girls every single day and I can’t tell you how many of them come to me with little comments [or even bad habits and disorders] regarding their disdain and dissatisfaction with their bodies.
From the size of their waists to the size of their booties to their skin color, my girls always have something that frustrates them regarding their body image.
This is not something unique to my kiddos… As it turns out, 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.”
But I can’t deny that this is unique to just adolescents, too! I find that my friends and my family [women that I LOVE] talk about our bodies more and more… And it’s certainly not always positive. I found myself caving to the pressures of getting back in shape post-baby and making sure I didn’t ‘go overboard’ on my pregnancy cravings…
I started this blog because making healthy changes to my lifestyle TRANSFORMED me. It EMPOWERED me and it helped me love myself more. But I can’t deny that even I fall victim to the pressures this culture puts on women. My goal when I started The H is For… one year ago was to prove to other women that a healthy lifestyle is not only attainable, but it can be fun and even… Dare I say it… Sexy!
And to be honest… I don’t work out THAT MUCH… Maybe 3 times a week? I go through phases where I’m in the gym or going for a run 5 times a week, but I can’t always get it in… Sometimes I even begin to feel guilty like I’m not moving enough!
But then I read this statistic:
51.7% of women ages 18 – 39 reported no participation in any physical activity.”
And it reminds me of where I came from. 5 years ago, this was me! I was doing well to make it to a Zumba class every now and then. It wasn’t until I found a community of people who help empower me to move and inspire me to be better every day that I began this fitness journey that I’m on. Is it easy? NO WAY! Just getting to the gym is the hardest part for me! But is it worth it? ABSOLUTELY.
That community has made all the difference in my life. The Movemeant Foundation creates a community just like mine for other women!
Becoming a Movemeant Ambassador fits into my life, my blog, and all that we stand for like my almond milk fits into my coffee every morning; perfectly. I now have a title for what I, hopefully, have already been doing, helping girls of all ages to be inspired and empowered to move and to live well in all aspects of life.
Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the launch of The H is For…! Our first birthday! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate one year down and to quick off the second year than by throwing my first Movemeant Event–a Birthday Party! Check back on the blog tomorrow for your invitation and to learn how you can help us empower girls and women through the Movemeant Foundation!