We Are Failing Teenage Girls.
The health levels of teenage girls in the UK are alarming. Fitness levels have hit rock bottom and obesity levels are through the roof. There is widespread acceptance amongst teenage girls that they are just not going to be active and very few teenage girls even know what a healthy diet is let alone how to achieve one. All of this has a massive impact on the girls' ability to learn, their self-confidence, and energy levels.
Leading education commentators have recently questioned the quality of PE lessons in secondary schools. Although PE is part of the National Curriculum in England a PE lesson is required to teach children about athletic techniques, tactics, rules and teamwork but there is no requirement for actual aerobic exercise to take place.
In fact if we review the statistics further we discover that 90% of pupils aged 5-13 average 2 hours of PE per week but this figure drops when children start their GCSEs with 71% of year 10s, 66% of year 11s and even fewer 6th formers taking part in regular school PE.
You are probably aware that last week the Women's Sports and Fitness Foundation published their report; "Changing the Game, for Girls." In it they tell us; "the most important educational legacy of schools should be that every girl leaves school having had a positive experience of being active, found activities she would like to carry on in adult life, and where appropriate, achieve her full potential."
I totally agree.
Read more about my views on the WSFF report, my 3G Program and PE for teenage girls at www.femalefitnessrevolution.com where you can download my free report.
Maggie Ayre is the UKs leading Fitness Coach for Teen Girls. As well as one-to-one and small group nutrition and fitness work with teens she has developed the 3G Program designed to be run at schools as part of the PE curriculum. She also offers mentoring for PE departments on how to re-engage teen girls with PE and has recently published her third book; "Nutrition for Exam Success – A Parent's Guide" which is now available as a Kindle and paperback at Amazon.