The Health Fair: WET's Risk Takers Series' Day of Workshops

The 2010 WET's Takers Series' Health Fair Featured:

Street Safety /Self Defense, taught by The Center for Anti-Violence Education
2) Public Speaking, taught by Speak Up For Success
3) Yoga taught by instructors from Yogaworks
4) Sex Ed taught by sexologist Amy Levine
5) Relationship Abuse Awareness / Prevention taught by Sanctuary for Families
6) An Eating Disorders / Nutrition/ Body Image discussion led by Stephanie Armstrong Covington, author of the book "Not All Black Girls Know How To Eat"
7)Video - Killing Us Softly 4 - Advertising's Image of Women

1Dr. Logan Levkoff teaches a sex education workshop, discussing images of teens and sexuality in the media, and addressing the prevention of STDs and teen pregnancy.

6Susan Moesker from the Center for Anti-Violence Education leads an interactive street safety and self defense workshop.
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8 2Over a nutritional lunch, Columbia Universitys Dr. Bonnie Berstein and Dr. Sharon Akabas lead a discussion in nutrition and a healthy body image.
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Yoga Instructors from Yogaworks, a WET Season Sponsor, lead classes in yoga, teaching the value of breath and being connected with your body.
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Acclaimed authors of the Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, end the day with a media literacy discussion and Q&A around reality television, and the importance of understanding that reality is still manufactured by the media - a topic explored their newest book, The Real Real.

WET screens a film that is directly connected to an issue teenage girls are struggling with today - issues that challenge a girl's self-esteem: sex, HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, abusive relationships, eating disorders, body image, drug and alcohol use, peer pressure, gender stereotyping, sexual harassment, racism and classicism.

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Following the screening, girls participate in break-out discussion groups led by female volunteer mentors. The conversations follow a curriculum specific to the issues raised in the film.

Following the break-out groups, the participants reconvene to meet with one or more of the celebrated guest artists from the film screened that morning. These guests serve as role models to the girls. Guest artists have included: Frances McDormand, Ally Sheedy, Kerry Washington, Olympia Dukakis, Keri Russell, Lili Taylor, Audra McDonald, Tracie Thoms, writer / directors Gina Prince-Bythewood, Maria Maggenti, Nicole Holofcener among many others.

The final session of Risk Takers is WET's Risk Takers Health Fair. The Health Fair is a day of workshops in body image, nutrition, public speaking, sex education, self-defense and yoga. The day provides the girls with active tools they can practice in their daily lives.


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