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Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Camille McGirt

12/09/2013 12:36 pm ET | Updated Feb 08, 2014

Camille McGirt, 23
Durham, North Carolina, USA

Childhood obesity is a troubling trend among adolescent girls in the U.S. This week Let Girls Lead is featuring a video blog which highlights the story of how Camille McGirt, a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, is helping to solve this alarming epidemic. Camille works with Healthy Girls Save the World, a program that provides education about nutrition and engages girls in physical activity, improving their health and their overall lifestyles. Using a curriculum from the Department of Health and Human Services and NIH, Camille facilitates workshops that empower girls to lead health lives by sharing the three essential pillars of the program: healthy minds, healthy bodies, and healthy relationships. Camille's work is improving the lives of hundreds of girl participants providing concrete ways to eradicate obesity while giving girls practical tools to gain confidence.

Camille's Story: I am Camille McGirt and I'm a senior at UNC Chapel Hill studying health policy and management in the School of Public Health. My commitment to action is Healthy Girls Save the World. Healthy Girls Save the World is a program for girls ages 8-15 in North Carolina. We provide free events where girls get to learn about nutrition, develop positive relationships with peers and mentors, and engage in physical activity. Right now the childhood obesity epidemic is a huge problem and it's something that we're trying to solve--by telling girls how to eat healthy and how to exercise, and how to develop positive relationships with their peers and role models and teachers and parents it will lead them to essentially lead an even better life. We have three pillars for the program, healthy minds, healthy bodies, and healthy relationships. During instructional events we're able to piece from curriculums that we find from the Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH, the CDC--curriculums that are about nutrition and childhood obesity and put them together to create instructional tools for our events. But I would say as far as nutrition we really try to make sure that we bring in people from the school of public health to teach about nutrition because I'm not a nutritionist but we want to make sure that we bring in subject matter experts to our program so that we can effectively instruct our girls on how to eat properly and how to exercise daily to make sure that they are leading healthy lifestyles.

Let Girls Lead empowers girls and their allies to lead social change through advocacy, education, economic empowerment, storytelling, and strategic partnerships, contributing to improved health, education, and livelihoods for more than 3 million girls globally.

Let Girls Lead's Global Girls' Conversation video contest highlights girls' power to create change by sharing their own solutions through short videos. The video contest is an exciting opportunity for girls, organizations working with girls and girls' allies to submit one to two-minute videos capturing girls' solutions and successes. In partnership with The Huffington Post, Let Girls Lead will feature these compelling videos on the Global Girls' Conversation interactive platform and on Huffington Post's Global Motherhood column, sharing girls' power to lead change with a global audience. Contest winners will receive $10,000 in cash, equipment, and training to create their own short films. For more information, please visit here.