Stefanie Cuttita, PT, DPT, and the girl scout group work on some useful stretches together
Prioritizing your health is important at every age. Stefanie Cuttita, PT, DPT, and Lea Noonan, PT, DPT, recently volunteered with the Girl Scouts of the USA to help a group of second graders do just that by teaching them some effective skills and techniques for better health and happiness.
Though the Girl Scouts may be known best for their cookies, the organization is much more than that! With more than 2.5 million members, their mission is to change the world by building girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.
Participating as guest speakers, Stefanie and Lea worked with the young group to help them earn their “My Best Self” badges. The badge is awarded to girls as they learn how the body works, how to pay attention to their body’s needs, and when to ask for help regarding with their health.
Lea Noonan, PT, DPT, speaks to the group about ways in which to recognize your own health needs
The group was split into three and rotated through three different health stations: 1) important daily exercises/stretches, (2) injury prevention, and (3) daily exercise needs. Each group took turns learning about stretches, at home exercises, and stress relief techniques they could practice. They also learned about the importance of taking motor breaks when sitting for long periods of time, especially during school or while completing homework. No race is ever won without a finish line: the girls were asked a few questions by our resident volunteers to ensure they retained the information they learned. The session ended with a nice group power pose to energize the girls, and a big congratulations on earning their new badges!
The event was a fantastic opportunity to empower young girls through ownership of their own health. It’s never too early to understand your own needs and jumpstart good habits for lifelong health.