What We Do

What We Do

We focus on teaching resiliency skills as they relate to girl’s and women’s health because research shows that resilient individuals are more likely to perceive change and stressful situations as a challenge as well as an opportunity for personal growth, and their behavior reflects a belief in their ability to take greater responsibility and impact their life circumstances. The foundational component of resilience is taking responsibility for one’s life circumstances.

Individuals in our Resiliency Skills & Health classes practice taking greater responsibility by reflecting on the relationship between the choices they make on a daily basis and the consequences of those choices. They also identify the most important values in their lives and set goals and priorities based on these values. Further, they practice thinking about stressful life situations in ways that bring power to them, as opposed to interpreting situations in ways that give their power away and/or leave them feeling defeated. These fundamental resiliency skills are then applied to multiple health issues concerning today’s women.

  • What About Me? (WAM):  Adolescent girls 4th through 9th grade participate in our WAM classes where they spend 10 weeks learning about health, resiliency, and making tough choices. They develop healthy attitudes and skills in a safe environment that allows them the freedom to share their stories without fear of embarrassment. WAM  is a skills based curriculum where Part I teaches  girls the skills needed to be advocates for their health, and Part II allows them to apply the skills learned to make healthy behavior choices.

    Part I – Skills to build resilience:

    • Positive Thinking
    • Goal Setting
    • Decision Making
    • Communication
    • Healthy Relationships
    • Personal and Community Violence

    Part II – Critical health behaviors:

    • Stress and Coping
    • Physical Activity
    • Nutrition
    • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Girl + 1 Healthy Living Workshop: A program designed to cover the 7 dimensions of Health and Wellness, our Girl + 1 workshop was created for girls grades 4th through 9th grade and their female caregivers to provide essential information to promote a healthy lifestyle. It is a holistic view of  healthy behaviors including occupational, mental, physical and nutritional health.  Young persons are more likely to adopt healthy eating behaviors when they learn about these behaviors through fun, participatory activities. Lessons emphasize the positive, appealing aspects of healthy behaviors rather than the negative consequences of unhealthy behaviors.
    • General Session: Health Monitoring
    • Breakout Sessions:
      • Nutrition – choice of Cooking Demonstration, Eat this, not that, Shopping on a budget, Healthy Eating
      • Physical Activity – choice of Zumba, Jazzercize, Weight/Resistance training or Yoga/stretching/flexibility
      • Occupational Wellness – choice of Balancing Work and Home, Team Building, Exploring Career Options and Financial Wellness for the Adult and Working as a Team, Resume Building, Exploring Career Options and Entrepreneurial Opportunities for the girls.
      • Emotional Wellness – choice of Stress Management, Improving Emotional Wellness, Meditation, Relaxation Techniques for the adults and Self Esteem, Body Image, Confidence Building and Stress Management for the girls
    • Closing Session:  Resiliency
  • Power Up the H.E.A.T. (Health Education Anytime):  Power Up the H.E.A.T. utilizes topics from our 10 week skills based What about me? class curriculum or trending topics, however each one hour session is  presented on a monthly basis.  Presentations ensure that young girls who are at a vulnerable age have the right information about their bodies and the choices they will have to make as adolescents. We know that many girls rely on their peers and the internet to get this information, and they are not getting the facts. We aim to teach those facts and dispel the myths, so that our participants leave equipped with the knowledge they need to make the best decisions for themselves.

    Topics could include:

    • Goal Setting
    • Decision Making
    • Communication
    • Healthy Relationships
    • Personal and Community Violence
    • Stress and Coping
    • Nutrition
    • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
    • Relational Aggression
    • Self Esteem
  • Women’s Health Advocacy Program (WHAP):  Women participate in our 10-week WHAP classes where they learn to practice prevention and be  proactive about their health care in order to reduce illness and promote overall good health.  Our health education classes give women the information they need to become advocates for their health as well as teaching resiliency skills. These tools can empower women to live longer, fuller and healthier lives.

    Part I – Skills to build resilience:

    • Positive Thinking
    • Goal Setting
    • Decision Making
    • Communication

    Part II – Critical health behaviors:

    • Health Monitoring & Reproductive Health
    • Stress and Coping
    • Exercise & Nutrition
    • Addiction
    • Violence
  • Which Weigh?  A roadmap to a healthy lifestyle workshop:  To address the issue of obesity, we pair our “Which Weigh” publication for women and their families with the Office for Women’s Health, BodyWorks. The 4-week program or intensive four-hour session is designed to help families improve eating and activity habits. The curriculum provides hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to prevent obesity and help maintain a healthy weight. Our “Which Weigh” publication gives families a user-friendly reference guide and the tools they need to increase their healthy living.Below is the list of the class topics, activities and discussions:
    • BodyWorks: Tools for Changing Habits
    • Setting Goals and Meal Planning
    • Basics of Healthy Eating – Shopping, Cooking and Eating Together
    • Get Moving – Types of Physical Activity
    • Serving Sizes and Healthy Food Choices
    • Keeping it Up
  • Smart Lunches:  The Women’s Fund provides free one hour preventive health seminars to the community. All of our healthy lifestyle and advocacy topics can be presented at a business or an organization during a lunch hour.  We utilize our Education and Outreach staff and volunteer Speakers Bureau of experts to provide these seminars, allowing individuals to learn about a new subject and immediately get their basic questions answered by an expert.Finally, we focus on teaching resiliency, which we define as the ability to bounce back from bad situations. Research shows that resilient individuals are more likely to perceive change and stressful situations as a challenge as well as an opportunity for personal growth. Their behavior reflects a belief in their ability to take greater responsibility and impact their life circumstances. The foundational component of resilience is taking responsibility for one’s life circumstances.

    Topics could include:

    • Stress Management
    • Nutrition
    • Health Monitoring
    • Resiliency and Health
    • Topic of choice