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Colorado Instructor Finds Success with Smart Fit Girls Nonprofit

Ms. Chrissy Chard, an instructor with the Colorado School of Public Health, and her colleague, Ms. Kellie Walters, first met at Colorado State University while earning their graduate degrees in the department of health and exercise science. The two recently won a $5,000 grand prize for their nonprofit Smart Fit Girls in the Imagine Colorado Ideas Showcase.

[Photo: Colorado Governor Mr. John Hickenlooper with Ms. Chrissy Chard and Ms. Kellie Walters]

Ms. Chard (center) is now a faculty member in the department of health and exercise science at the Colorado School of Public Health, while Ms. Walters (right) is completing her PhD at Clemson University.

The objective of the competition was to encourage and assist ideas to better connect healthier lifestyles with Colorado youth.

Because of their experience with promoting goal-setting behavior with adult females, Ms. Chard and Ms. Walters both recognized the self-esteem challenges presented in adolescence, thus deciding to begin Smart Fit Girls, which is a 10-week after-school program aimed at empowering middle school girls with positive body image, confidence and self-efficacy.

Walters and Chard both agreed they would use the money to expand their website to include an online training program for coaches so they can expand their program throughout Colorado and beyond. Outside Colorado, the program is currently offered in South Carolina and Wyoming.

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