Student Rep to attend Clinton Global Initiative University
WIN for Southern Illinois student representative Rachel Roth and Mallory Sellers – both graduate students in the Department of Kinesiology at SIUC – were invited to attend this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University in March. Roth and Sellers submitted a commitment titled WIN for Life! as part of the Women’s Intersport Network for Southern Illinois group for the focus area of public health to CGIU.
The CGIU was started in 2007 and based off the successful Clinton Global Initiative. The idea behind CGIU is to foster young adults as positive agents of social change. Per the CGIU website, “But CGI U is more than just an event. It is a growing community of young leaders who don’t just discuss global challenges – they take real, concrete steps toward solving them. Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students develop their own Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. Commitments range from manufacturing wheelchairs for developing countries to establishing campus bike share programs, from creating free vision clinics to developing e-learning applications for mobile phones.”
Roth and Seller’s Commitment to Action is our WIN for Life! program. In their application they noted: “WIN is addressing the issue of public health. Studies show that “girls and women who participate in sports have a more positive body image and experience higher states of psychological well-being than girls and women who do not play sports” (Women’s Sports Foundation 2001). For older women, “regular exercise provides a myriad of health benefits, including improvements in blood pressure, diabetes, lipid profile, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and neurocognitive function. Regular physical activity is also associated with decreased mortality and age-related morbidity in older adults” (Am Fam Physician, 2002). The vision of WIN is to build networks that provide and create awareness of sport and fitness opportunities in the area. In a society that limits females’ physical activity, WIN advocates for such involvement. WIN for Life! is an opportunity to reach out to girls and women in a fun environment while teaching them about how to live a healthy lifestyle.”
The CGIU website notes, “CGI U is proof that young people have the power to make a significant impact by confronting some of the world’s most urgent challenges.” Thank you to Rachel Roth and Mallory Sellers for being such great representative for WIN for Southern Illinois.