Did you know…
Almost 1 in 4 Black and Hispanic girls are obese
Black and Hispanic girls are less physically active than their peers
Many curly girls feel social and societal pressure to have straight or styled hair
If you’re a teacher, parent, or advocate of curly girls, this data is cause for concern. Girls who are unsupported and lead unhealthy lives suffer negative consequences into adulthood such as overweight, obesity, and a host of chronic diseases. Although the causes of obesity and physical inactivity are complex, a salient factor among many women and girls of African descent is their hair, a fact many Black women have known for years.
Hair is often viewed as a barrier to exercise for many women and girls of African descent. However, unlike adult Black women, Black adolescent girls cannot avoid physical activity because physical education (PE) is often a daily required class in most American schools. So, culturally competent, research-based interventions and approaches, like Curls on the Move, are needed to address this. Read more about the connection between hair, obesity, and Black adolescent girls in my research.
Curly Girl Advocates, Health Educators, and Parents of curly girls:
Empower curly girls to practice hair care management and be physically active at the same time with our National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) approved online instructor training. #healthoverhair
Curls on the Move is a research-based, culturally curated health and physical education curriculum that provides brown and black girls the tools they need to practice self-love, self-care, and build life-long healthy habits.
Curls on the Move is an after-school club for girls and is aligned with national health education standards to be used as a module or unit in health education class, during advisory/home room, or during physical education class. Our online instructor training includes:
6-hour course (4-hour course work, 2-hours practicum)
Curls on the Move Curriculum
5 CE credits from the National Academy of Sports Medicine
Saturday, August 17th, 12-4PM
Saturday, September 14th, 12-4PM
Saturday, October 5th, 12-4PM
For in-person group intructor training, contact us
Social Justice and Policy
Curls on the Move is about health education, social justice, policy, and practice. Help us change socially unjust school dress codes which are not inclusive of hairstyles for black and brown girls. The structural violence and hair harassment our girls experience in our world must end.
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