TEN MEMBERS of the Ballywaltrim Youth Project in Bray are celebrating their successful completion of the project's first ever ' Body Image Awareness' programme.
The programme ran as a 10-week course which explored issues of body image, body stigma, healthy eating and lifestyle and fitness.
The participants, all girls from first and second year in St. Kilian's school in Bray, completed healthy eating workshops, art projects and fitness classes among other things and developed their knowledge of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, specifically for young women their age.
They also looked at how the media portrays young women and the unrealistic 'ideals' and pressures that are put on young women to look and act a certain way.
' The effort each of the participants put into this particular programme was fantastic and they are a great credit to themselves and the proj. ect,' said youth worker Adam Burke.
'It is great to see young women of this age challenging what the media and society in general tells them is the "right" and "wrong" way to act, look, dress or behave. The girls have made it clear that "perfect" to them is qualities like difference, individuality, confidence and personality rather than superficial things like long legs or perfect skin.'
Next on the agenda for these young women is the Dublin Mini Marathon which they identified as a personal goal in the Body Image Programme. The girls want to increase their fitness and raise money for St. Catherine's and Crumlins Children Hospital.
'It is great to see that the girls can be motivated and are willing to step outside their comfort zone and challenge themselves,' said Adam.
'At the rate these girls are going the leaders are going to find it very hard to keep up!'