Self-esteem is crucial and is a cornerstone of a positive attitude towards living. It affects how we think, act and even how we relate to other people. High self-esteem enables us to live life to our highest potential. Low self-esteem leads to lack of confidence, often causing negative thoughts which increase our likelihood of giving up easily rather than face challenges. Self-esteem has a direct bearing on your happiness and well-being.
The AmenZone PE foundation is founded on the belief that many of the issues facing today’s youth are a result of low self-esteem, poor nutrition and lack of fitness. Many of these issues can be improved through engaging in physical activity and making healthy life choices about nutrition. Issues including childhood obesity, teenage pregnancy, criminal activity, low academic achievement, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, etc…can often be traced back to a simple lack of self-esteem. While research on the direct connection between physical activity and self-esteem is broad, varies and often centers on adults, studies do clearly support the profound positive impact of physical activity on overall mental health in both adults and children.
Nearly 25 million children and teens in the United States are obese or overweight. In the last 20 years, obesity levels have doubled and are still rising, as are the costs of treating health problems related to obesity.
Arizona has one of the greatest increases in childhood obesity in the nation. It is clear that unless we take action now, this generation will be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.
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Our plan contemplates a $350,000 capital raise for start-up and operational costs. The development dollars received will be an essential and primary part of our program development. It will allow for the addition of dedicated executive staff, crucial training for our college and high school Ambassadors, and permit current programming to extend into the multitude of educational and recreational environments that are requesting services.