I am Founder and Director of BeautiFitstrong Camp for Girls. As Director of BeautiFitstrong Camp, I curate an eight-week summer day camp for girls focused on health and overall wellness. It’s a full day program that services girls ages 5-13. We also hire WorkReady teen girls age 14-18. As a Certified Fitness Trainer and Wellness Coach, I help facilitate and coordinate activities throughout the program focused on healthy eating, fitness, STEAM, etiquette, self-esteem building, body positivity and setting smart goals. We teach girls that health is what you put in, on, and around your body.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), was instrumental in helping map out K-12 resources for our program curriculum. The foundation of our program was built on resources such as MedlinePlus, ChooseMyPlate, BAM! Body and Mind, Nutrition.gov, girlshealth.gov, and EPA.gov.
BeautiFitstrong Camp for Girls was a recipient of the NNLM MAR Community Outreach award for our Wellness for Everybody Initiative. This initiative was an extension to our summer 2017 program. The grant allowed us to engage parents and family members of campers in some of the same wellness activities that campers enjoy during the summer. It was important to me to engage the decision-makers in the girls’ homes to really effect long term lifestyle changes in the girls, and ultimately the families we serve.
Serving as a member of the NNLM MAR Consumer Health SAG since June of 2016 has been invaluable. Representation matters on every platform, so being able to be a voice for my community is an honor. I bring the experience of growing up in inner city Philadelphia below the poverty level, with an understanding of the importance of health equity. Having access to relevant and reliable resources to be able to make informed decisions regarding both personal and family health is important.
Written by Audra Anusionwu, Founder and Director of BeautiFitstrong Camp for Girls in Philadelphia, PA, for the Fall 2019 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.