Resources

See below for articles, videos, and books that inspire our work at GALS! 

What Is the Single Best Thing We Can Do for Our Health?
A Doctor-Professor answers the old question "What is the single best thing we can do for our health" in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital.

Benefits of Physical Education
While physical education has been drastically cut back across the country — in response to budget concerns and test score pressures — Naperville Central High School, in the Chicago suburbs, has embraced a culture of fitness: PE is a daily, graded requirement. And for one group of struggling students, there’s an innovative program to schedule PE right before their most challenging classes. In the six years since that program started, students who signed up for PE directly before English read on average a half year ahead of those who didn’t, and students who took PE before math showed dramatic improvement in their standardized tests.

Dr. John Dr. John Ratley talks about his book, Spark, which asserts that physical activity helps kids optimizes brain function in three different ways.
Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know--such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best.

Dr. John Ratley on exercise and brain performance
Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know--such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best.


Sheryl Sandberg's Ted Talk on “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders”

The Girl Effect
The girl effect is about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world.
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Women in Sports More Likely to Become Executives 
Girls Will be Girls : Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters (2002) by JoAnn Deak Spark, John Ratey 

Brain Rules by JoAnn Deak Spark, John Ratey 

Girls Will be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters by JoAnn Deak Spark, John Ratey
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Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons 

The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence by Rachel Simmons Spark: 

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey, Eric Hagerman 

Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health, and Leadership by Lisa Sjostrom Reviving Ophelia: 

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher