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Research Project: Girls’ groups contribute to better health

In 2011, the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) partnered with the Girls Action Foundation, and researchers from the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence, York University and the University of Montreal on a study of Girls’ Perspectives on Girls’ Groups and Healthy Living.

In this study, we wanted to learn about the following three areas:

1. Best practices in health promotion with girls and healthy living issues such as prevention of tobacco uptake, obesity, physical inactivity and dating violence;

2. The central elements of girls’ empowerment group approaches and how they might provide a model for gender-specific health promotion; and,

3. What girls say they get from these groups. 

To find out the results of this study: 

  • Read the Research Report 
  • Read the Research Summary in English
  • Listen to a webcast recording where a panel of speakers reported on the research findings
  • A powerpoint presentation was built from the findings of the one‐year study entitled Girls’ Perspectives on Girls’ Groups and Healthy Living, designed to capture the perspectives of girls on what they get from girls’ groups, and to compare what they say they get with known promising practices in sex/gender specific health promotion. (This power point presentation is designed to be used by facilitators and space is provided for them to personalize the presentation.)   You can access it here.

In 2013, researchers at the British-Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH) in collaboration with Girls Action Foundation developed a series of information sheets to support the work of facilitators of girls’ empowerment groups.

These resources are:

There is also an infographic on Girls and Healthy Living. You can view it HERE.