Lexia Swope, a Psychology and Sociology double major from Springfield, IL, participated in the Action Research Seminar in the fall of 2013. In this class, she created a health and wellness program for girls at the Bloomington-Normal Boys and Girls Club. The goal of the program was to promote and teach the girls to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Throughout the semester, the group met once a week and learned how to properly warm up, stretch, and exercise, as well as learning various anatomy and nutrition facts. Different activities were also incorporated, like hula hooping and cheerleading, but the main focus was on the sport of track and field.
A short reflection by Lexi:
Having the opportunity to create and participate in this program was definitely one of the best experiences of my college career. Although it was challenging at times, I think the program was definitely a success and that the girls really benefitted from. My main advice for running a program would be to plan everything out in advance and communicate well with the staff so that you can have adequate space and supplies to do what you had planned.