- Teens celebrated a joyful holiday with thanks to the Princeton
Area Community Foundation (PACF), for donating $10,000 once again this year, in support of
its Teen Esteem© program at Trenton Central High School. The PACF earmarked the donation from its
Fund for Women and Girls.
"The girls really look foward to this program each year", said Constance Kelley, lead Physical Education Teacher.
"It is comprehensive. It's not just about working out. It's not just about eating right.
We deal with the whole person, and that's what I -- and the girls - like best about the program."
"We involve health experts from within the school to deliver targeted health messages to the girls and we rely on
graduate students from the Rutgers University - Camden to present on more complex health topics", said
Ms. Bonnie Arkus, RN, exeuctive director of Women's Heart Foundation and project manager of the Teen Esteem© program.
"We also involve moms in the program by inviting them to chaperone " Shopping for a Healthy Heart" fieldtrip", she said.
Ms. Kelley reported that many of the parents like to try out the fitness equipment during the school's annual "Open House".
"The Women's Heart Foundation and the Trenton Central High School Board of Education are grateful to the Princeton
Area Community Foundation for this grant, which supports prevention during a critical time
of adolescent development", Bonnie said. The money will pay for a personal trainer, dietitian support, food for hands-on preparation of hearth-healthy recipes,
upkeep and repair of fitness equipment and other related program costs.
Studies show heart disease and diabetes have their roots in
early childhood and adolescence.
The program helps teen girls learn how to take better care of themselves now, during their formative years,
so that they can grow into healthy young women. The curriculum fosters a positive self-image and promotes personal development, leadership and self-esteem.
The program entered its 4th year this past September with 155 girls enrolled on a voluntary basis.
The Princeton Area Community Foundation builds community by promoting and encouraging philanthropy across greater Mercer County and central New Jersey.
We do this by managing charitable funds created by members of the community, providing competitive discretionary grants to nonprofits, and by making advised grants to nonprofits after consultation with individuals or groups of donors.
The Women's Heart Foundation (WHF) is the only Non Governmental Organization
that designs and implements demonstration projects for the prevention
of heart disease in women and founded the Gender Care Initiative to promote care models that work
best in women. Founded June 11, 1992 as a 501 c3 charitable organization,
WHF is dedicated to improving women's survival and quality of life. For more information,