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June 2019: Riding a bike can change a girl's life

Summer and bikes are naturally linked. My first bike was a hand-me-down, a purple Murray Meteor Stratoflight, its name likely inspired by the 60’s Space Race. It was way too big for 8-year-old me; but I was thrilled to have it to ride up and down the street. I also wore completely inappropriate footwear, cowboy boots, because I used to pretend the bike was a horse. I felt so free choosing my own adventures. Shortly after it came into my possession though, I broke my arm riding that bike, severely limiting that summer’s activities but not dampening my love of bike riding. So I read with interest Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Developmental Psychologist’s piece entitled “Riding a Bike can Change Your Girl’s Life.” She asserts that this simple machine is more than metal and chain. It is a small taste of freedom. Archibald states, “But when your girl rides a bike, it’s more than just a fun way to pass the time—a bike is actually one of her first teachers. Achievements like learning to ride a two-wheeler and retiring her training wheels become lessons in not only balance but also tenacity and grit; a way for her to see the benefit of falling down and getting back up again. Navigating her way a few houses down on her bike teaches street smarts and the importance of personal safety. From ages three to nine, boys and girls ride bikes at about the same rate. But the discouraging is that by age 10, girls’ bike riding drops off considerably. By adulthood? Women make up only about 25 percent of bike riders.”

Why the attitude change? The study cites lack of confidence and fear of traffic along with some more superficial worries about being sweaty in public, not seeming “cool” or “feminine,” and how a girl feels she looks when she’s exercising. Archibald also states, “Parents are often more cautious with their girls than boys when it comes to physical activities, telling their boys to have fun while they tell their girls to be careful.”

And finally, Archibald reminds us, “When girls start hanging up their helmets, they’re getting left in the dust, both literally and figuratively. The exercise and outdoor time that bike riders experience boosts moods, fights obesity, and increases overall health. Plus, a recent study showed girls who either bike or walk at least 15 minutes to school scored higher on cognitive tests. Who knew getting her on a bike could help her be healthier, happier, and smarter?”

Girl Scouts helps so many girls continue in things like sports, activities, and academic pursuits by ensuring that they take risks and build confidence in a safe and nurturing environment. Read the full article here.

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May 2019
April 2019
March 2019

March 8: World Thinking Day activities, Mall Lock-In, Camp Ledgewood Naming Opportunities, Decoding the Digital Girl, more

February 2019

February 15:  Women of Distinction winners; Gold Award Spotlight, Meet a Board Member, STEM Advisory Committee

January 2019

January 11, 2019: Be a Badge Boss, Pixie Plus, FirstEnergy thanks

December 2018

December 2018: The Perfect Gift, Meet a Board Member, Gold Award Highlight  

November 2018

November 2018:  Mysterious Fun, Dessert First Sweet Success, New features on Pixie Plus

October 2018

October 5: Life saving action recognized, Girl Scouts celebrate women, Meet GSNEO Board Member: Robyn Gordon, Grant Highlight: AT&T

September 2018

September 9, 2018: Setting the Record Straight, Ella: Champion of Literacy, Women of Color event, Show your Sash: Ann Manby, Be a Badge Boss!

August 2018

August 3: Thanks to Julianne, Girl Scout Destinations, Tribute to a World Changer, Bee Safe Bronze Award project, Gold Award Spotlight

July 2018

July 6, 2018:  Unleash Strong! Be a Girl Scout, All Aboard the Natuica Queen, Gold Award Glitter, Lunch and Limo, Garden Dedication, Happy 100th Birthday Celebration, Show Your Sash: Diana Selzer

June 2018

June 8, 2018: More than S'mores, Camp Inspires: Check out some end of the year celebrations, A Savannah Send-Off, GSNEO Spotlights, and Count Sheep at Camp Ledgewood

May 2018

May 14, 2018: A Matter of Convenience, GSNEO hits a Bullseye!, Cupcake Wars, A sweet Bronze Award celebration, Celebrating our Volunteers

April 2018

April 6, 2018: The Giving Gap, Donor Spotlight, Women of Distinction tickets available, Peeps Palooza, Pixie Plus

March 2018

March 9, 2018: Girl Scouts is inspiring the next generation of change makers, Going for the Gold Celebrations, Cookie Pros meet the Board of Directors, Visiting the Women in Networking: Cleveland Chapter, more adventures in the community!

February 2018

February 9, 2018: Joining Hands in Friendship to Conquer Fear, World Thinking Day visits, All about Mall Lock-in, Featured Girl Scout Alum, Girl Scout Champion, Town Hall Meetings

January 2018

January 5, 2018: Big (often pretty unrealistic) goals

 

 

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