A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health, and Leadership
Pub Date: January 2006, 160 pages
"Full of Ourselves is an essential tool for anyone who works
with girls and young women. It's thoughtful, nuanced, and creative.
Anyone who has worked with girls will recognize the subtle ways in
which this program goes beyond the usual programs available to
-Rosalind Wiseman, Co-Founder of The Empower Program and author of Queen Bees & Wannabes
"There's no magic to growing strong, healthy girls. Each girl
must do much of the heavy lifting and the hard work of looking
inward, believing in the power of her own voice, and learning to
live comfortably in her body. Too often the rip tide of peer
pressure, the influence of the media, the erosion of self-esteem
propel girls toward eating disorders, 'weightism' and crises in
self-confidence. Full of Ourselves tosses a life jacket to
girls, their parents, and educators. It provides step-by-step
lessons that succeed in empowering and engaging girls to take
control. At the end of the program girls are the winners. Full
of Ourselves is indeed a life saver!"
-Meg Milne Moulton and Whitney Ransome, Executive Directors, National Coalition of Girls' Schools, Concord, MA
"Finally, an effective and fun program to empower girls!
Full of Ourselves-the brilliantly conceived curriculum
girls have needed and adults have wanted for years- impacts girls'
bodies, minds, and spirits in a positive and preventative manner.
Full of Ourselves should be a rite of passage for all
middle school girls!"
- Mary Orear, Executive Director, Mainely Girls, Camden, Maine
"Full of Ourselves is a wonderful comprehensive guide that
supports middle school girls in their development and helps prevent
eating disorders. Through this interactive program, girls learn they
are not alone and also become personally empowered. A must for those
who work with adolescent girls."
-Nancy Beardall, EdM, ADTR, CMA, Wellness and Prevention Counselor, Newton Public Schools, Newton, MA
This dynamic health-and-wellness education program was developed at the Harvard Medical School by a leading clinician and an acclaimed curriculum designer. It addresses critical issues of body preoccupation and reduces risk for disordered eating in girls (grades 3–8). Emphasizing girls’ personal power and overall mental and physical well-being, Full of Ourselves contains a range of upbeat units that foster:
- Increased self and body acceptance
- Healthier eating and exercise habits
- Advanced leadership and media literacy skills
- A range of coping skills for resisting unhealthy peer and cultural pressures
Each unit ends with a "Call to Action" to help girls translate their new-found knowledge into positive action at school, home, and in their community. Older girls are trained as peer leaders and given the opportunity to pass along their learning to younger peers.
Evaluated with more than 800 girls, this primary prevention curriculum is the first of its kind to show sustained, positive changes in girls’ body image, body satisfaction, and body esteem. Educators, health professionals, counselors, and parents will find Full of Ourselves the ideal resource for helping girls make healthy choices for themselves.