Marana, Arizona (PressExposure) May 01, 2008 -- Monarch Health Promotions a health consulting firm and Girls IncorporatedÂ® of Southern Arizona, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold, celebrates National Women's Health Week by announcing the launch of "Girls Inc. Families Fit Together "; an award winning national fitness and nutrition program aimed at girls 9-14 and their families.
The kick-off takes place Saturday, May 10th, the day before Mother's day, at the Marana Healthy Mom's Award Ceremony and Chamber of Commerce Health Fair, where women in the community will be honored for being healthy role models. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ora Mae Harn Park, in Marana, Arizona.
National Women's Health Week is a nationwide initiative that calls attention to the importance of women's health. During the week, families, health organizations, businesses, communities, the government and individuals come together to raise awareness about women's health issues and educate women about simple steps they can take for a longer, healthier and happier life.
"This is the perfect venue to showcase the Southern Arizona release of the evidence-based workshop series," said Michelle L. Taylor with Monarch Health Promotions, project partner and consultant for both "Girls Inc. Families Fit Together" and the "Marana Healthy Mom's Initiative". By teaming girls with family members in interactive nutrition and physical fitness workshops, Girls Inc. encourages families to work together in making healthy choices and setting healthy goals. "Children do well, when their families do well, and families do even better, when they live in a healthy, supportive community, and that is what both projects are ultimately all about."
The Arizona Award of Excellence winning, Marana Parks and Recreation Department will host the "Families Fit Together", curriculum in two five-week sessions at Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School. The first session runs May 27th through June 28th and the second session, July 8th through August 9th, both sessions are on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 7:30-9 a.m.
"National Women's Health Week is important because it encourages women to make their health a top priority," says Teri Benitez RN., Women's Outreach Education Coordinator at Northwest Medical Center. "Often time's women are the caregivers for their families and forget to take care of themselves. With National Women's Health Week we remind all women that they too need to visit the doctor, make sure their screenings are up-to-date, take time to think about their health and fitness goals and to instill those priorities in their own daughters."
The "Girls Inc. Families Fit Together" program continues that same theme by reaching out to young girls, giving them the tools and skills, to create healthy habits that will last a lifetime.