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Strategies for Supporting Physical Activity and Wellbeing Among Youth and the Young at Heart
Physical activity has major potential to support physical, emotional, and social health. However, less than 25% of youth and 25% of adults currently get sufficient physical activity. Lots of things, such as busy schedules and bad weather, can get in the way of being active. And when people have negative experiences or feel unwelcome in physical activity, they are less likely to be active. Unfortunately, this happens to too many young people and impacts their physical activity and health into adulthood.

However, adults can use simple strategies to help the young people in their lives find more joy in being active. This webinar will focus on solutions for supporting youths' emotional wellbeing, de-emphasizing weight and appearance, and making sure that all young people have opportunities to thrive through physical activity.

In this webinar you will learn:

1) How physical activity can promote young people's wellbeing and specific strategies for adults to support enjoyable physical activity for the young people in their lives
2) Why a focus on physical activity, without a focus on appearance or weight, is important for health
3) Who is left out of online physical activity resources for youth and how Move & Thrive is working to fill that gap

Cost: Free
Noon to 1 p.m. Central

Please contact Molly Buss (bussx057@umn.edu) as far in advance as possible if you require accommodations or if you have any questions or comments.

We recommend for the best user experience that you download the Zoom desktop client or app and create a Zoom account prior to joining the webinar.

Dec 9, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Sarah M. Espinoza, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health and Co-Founder of Move and Thrive
Sarah Espinoza is passionate about making sure that everyone finds opportunities to develop positive relationships with physical activity. She believes that participating in physical activity should support who we are, rather than undermine our sense of self. A graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology, her work has focused on promoting physical activity and wellbeing through sports, schools, afterschool programs, and relationships with family and friends. Currently, Sarah is a postdoctoral researcher in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, where she focuses on how physical activity beliefs and behaviors in childhood and adolescence impact activity levels contemporarily and into adulthood. With co-presenter Laura Hooper and Dr. Katy Miller, Sarah is a co-founder of Move and Thrive. Move and Thrive is an organization that develops free online physical activity videos for diverse adolescents that avoid discussing weight, dieting, and appearance.
Laura Hooper, MS, RD
Doctoral Candidate in Public Health Nutrition and Co-Founder of Move and Thrive
Laura Hooper, MS, RD is a registered dietitian with 14 years of experience in adolescent health, including many years as a clinician and clinical educator at Seattle Children’s Hospital where her work focused on strengths-based, adolescent-centered clinical care aimed to promote self-efficacy as a means to physical and psychosocial health. She is currently a doctoral candidate in public health nutrition at the University of Minnesota whose research focuses on the intersection between disordered eating and high weight in adolescents, including understanding the role of external factors such as weight stigma, food insecurity, and structural racism. Research she is currently planning will focus on (1) decreasing the weight stigma that is conveyed to patients in healthcare settings through partnership with patients and clinicians, (2) partnering with Dr. Espinoza and Dr. Miller to continue development and evaluation of Move & Thrive as an online physical activity resource for adolescents.