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Status of Girls Report (Addendum) Content Approved October 5, 2017 are likely to stay hospitalized for longer periods of time in the PICU and are less likely to receive regular visits from their parents. She has also seen that a lack of insurance or ability to pay can keep parents from visiting the hospital as well, for fear of being detained on top of their other responsibilities. In these cases, Burton works with Whole Child Leon to provide information and resources to patients’ families who are struggling. Having more pediatric specialty care in Tallahassee will reduce the overall strain on the PICU and offer families more opportunities to participate in their child’s healthcare. Nutrition The final category of physical health is proper nutrition. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), poor nutrition leads to chronic diseases that are on the rise among American adults, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. In 2016, the HHS released a new set of Dietary Guidelines which include eating nutrient rich foods, and lowering consumption of added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium. They define nutrient rich foods as whole fruits, leafy greens, and protein from a variety of sources. In addition, they recommend consuming less than 10% of calories per day from added sugars and saturated fats. Both federal and state level health agencies provide information on healthy nutrition and attitudes towards healthy habits. It is important that we work together to ensure that girls, families, caregivers, health providers, and schools are empowered to utilize these guidelines. The added pressures girls have in terms of body image can affect their nutrition decisions, especially with the constant messaging that they should be losing weight. Additionally, the period during which girls are influenced by body image often coincides with general physical development. Healthy food choices that support optimal physiological and psychological growth are important from an early age, but particularly for girls ages 10 to 19, even though food decisions are being made for them by parents and schools. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has a Child Care Food Program (CCFP) that provides information to child care facilities on healthy nutrition. CCFP highlights that “well-nourished children are healthier, more attentive, and have better mental performance than those who are undernourished” (2015). The DOH also provides nutritional counseling for pregnant mothers and families through its Healthy Start Program. In this regard, CHIP also identified necessary improvements in the areas of nutrition as it relates to school activities, and are working to reduce the number of schools using unhealthy treats for campus fundraisers and to reduce the number of teachers using unhealthy treats for rewards or incentives to zero. However, despite the recognition that girls and boys face different challenges with healthy eating, there are currently no data to allow researchers to compare nutrition by sex and make more informed policy and program decisions.

Girls were adamant that they wanted to participate and have their desire to participate in sports more respected by their schools and community: “Boys’ sports get more funding, more attention. Makes me feel annoyed. It feels like nobody cares as much for girls sports.” - Girl Scout Troop, Killearn

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2017 Status of Girls Report Addendum  

This Status of Girls Report reflects state and community data pertaining to issues experienced by girls. To provide qualitative evidence of...

2017 Status of Girls Report Addendum  

This Status of Girls Report reflects state and community data pertaining to issues experienced by girls. To provide qualitative evidence of...

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