The commercial sexual exploitation of girls doesn’t happen in a vacuum. There are 100,000 to 300,000 children at risk of commercial sexual exploitation each year in the United States. In New York City alone there are an estimated 2,200 children victimized annually. Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.
Men don’t do yoga, and women love Pilates. Men avoid doctors like the plague, and women schedule every family member's appointments.Underneath the current of change, the struggle remains: Gender continues to stand between us and health. And, interestingly, the concept of strength might lie at the heart of it.
According to Jane Clapp, the founder of Urbanfitt, the answer is a resounding YES!...but she doesn't like to call it "exercise". We were honored to interview her and learn more about her integrative approach to helping more than 1,000 clients heal from the physical and emotional effects of trauma.
As fitness and healthcare continue to move closer together from both sides, we need to Raise the Bar of the fitness profession and elevate it to the same professional standards as the greater healthcare community. Learn about our campaign, and help us reach all sectors of wellness by sharing the Oath!
In "Fitness Deserts", exercise not only improves health outcomes: It also creates community in more ways than one. In honor of Independence Day, David F. Brand, a true integrator of fitness and mental health support, shares his work--and how it can prove especially beneficial to veterans.