Hi, I’m Holli Richmond, the Executive Director of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. As we celebrate National Women’s Health
Week, the President’s Council would like to highlight the benefit of sports for our
girls and women. Regular physical activity, such as participation in sports, benefits your health. Any physical activity is better than no physical activity. Through sports, girls and women develop higher levels of confidence and self-esteem, as well as lower levels of depression. They also have a more positive body image and experience higher states of psychological well-being than girls and women who do not play sports. Regular physical activity can also lower your risk for diseases such as breast cancer, colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. However, there are barriers to take into consideration when looking at female sports participation. While the opportunity for girls to participate in sports have increased since the passage of title IX, there is still more work to be
done. And through the development of a National Youth Sports Strategy, the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition is committed to getting more girls involved in sports, and more female coaches in the game. Female coaches are important role models. And according to the Women’s Sports Foundation, girls more readily identify with and see a female coach as a mentor and as a role model, which, in turn, can help counter stereotypes and boost girls’ confidence, self-efficacy,
and sense of belonging. During National Women’s Health Week and beyond, we challenge you to make your health a priority. Your health is a lifelong journey that’s
unique to you. Find what works best for you and encourage the women in your life to join you along the way. National Women’s Health Week is May 12th through 18th, 2019. Please visit fitness.gov and womenshealth.gov for more information. Produced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services at taxpayer expense.