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Pediatric Health


Plan to Attend Girl Power 2009!


Event Teaches Girls Healthy, Positive and Productive Behavior



October 01, 2009
Mark your calendars now for Girl Power! 2009 to be held November 14th at the Agricultural-Horticultural building on the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Now in its third year, Girl Power! 2009, is a day-long venue of interactive education, displays, performance, and special events that help girls ages 7-14 learn about and practice skills and abilities to help them lead healthy, safe, confident, and productive lives now and in the future.

Presented by Clarian Health Partners, Girl Power! 2009 is projected to attract 1,200 to 1,500 girls, parents, teachers and youth leaders.

Keynote speaker for Girl Power! 2009 is Tamika Catchings, a member of the 2004 Gold Medal USA Women's Basketball Team and champion player and leader in scoring, rebounding and assists for the Indiana Fever. Tamika's story and her personal and professional example, her triumphs, and her abilities to overcome all obstacles, is certain to capture the attention, admiration, and determination of Girl Power! 2009 participants and to encourage them to lead a winning life—by choice. Tamika's Catch the Stars Foundation, which supports at risk youth, also will be in the line-up of our exhibitors for this year.

At Girl Power!, girls choose to explore and challenge their strengths, interests, and abilities throughout the day-long event by participating in many different interactive displays and presentations—all assembled under 5 key focus areas—the Power of Knowledge, the Power of Self Esteem, the Power of Service, the Power of Health and Fitness, and the Power of Arts. The event features interactive event programming, experiences, and displays promoting self-esteem and positive body image, fitness and nutrition, personal safety, disability awareness, creativity, and leadership. Young girls who attend Girl Power! leave with a well-rounded and memorable experience that uniquely challenges their strengths, abilities, and potential in each of these focus areas.

Girl Power! is part of a year-round commitment by Clarian Health and Riley Hospital for Children to provide programs and resources to support the healthy growth and personal development of young girls of all backgrounds and abilities. "Young girls ages 7-14 can be vulnerable due to developmental and environmental factors and are at a potentially high risk for making choices that could have negative consequences on the quality of their overall health, self esteem, and futures," says Marcia Shew, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Shew added, "Events like Girl Power! offer a special, affordable, day-long opportunity for young girls to enjoy and learn more about themselves, their talents, abilities, and potential."

Girls of all ages, teachers, parents, sisters, and grandmothers—put Girl Power! 2009 on your calendars and plan to attend this unique experience—exclusively for young girls. Tickets at the door to Girl Power! 2009 are only $5, which helps cover the costs for a snack and resources provided.

Karen Bruner Stroup, PhD, Director, Riley Community Education and Child Advocacy.

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