An Interview with Singer/Songwriter, Ilana Harkavy

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An Interview with Singer/Songwriter, Ilana Harkavy

Meet 26 year old Singer/Songwriter, Ilana Harkavy, who has had an exciting career in electronic dance music and has collaborated and toured with popular and amazing artists worldwide.  But she's never quite felt satisfied.  So this past spring, she went back to her roots:  Pop music.  And she created her very first solo project, Just, Girl that's a fiery musical movement that empowers girls to embrace their passions, be blatantly honest, and to take ownership of their individual struggles. Through the power of music, this project relates to and empowers girls to be the utmost honest version of themselves, take responsibility for who they are, and go after what they are most passionate about.  Read more...

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Dance has the power to change lives

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Dance has the power to change lives

Check out the accomplishments of Movemeant Foundation's first -ever grant recipient, Performing Ourselves and get inspired.  "Dance has the power to change lives and impact communities, and every child has the right to dance. Sitting in the audience earlier this month I was deeply humbled by the beauty and strength of girls and young women dancing together in celebration of their bodies and identities, knowing, “We did this. We made this happen.”  Read more.

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Picture a ballerina.  That's not me.

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Picture a ballerina. That's not me.

Among adolescent girls and young women, research shows that participation in aesthetic sports like figure skating, gymnastics, dance or cheerleading can be one of the most challenging when it comes to exposure to elevated weight concerns and body dissatisfaction.  But this 17-year old ballerina, proves the research wrong.  Read her story here.

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June's Dare to Bare Challenges

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June's Dare to Bare Challenges

We’ve hand-selected over 30 inspirational leaders from across the country to help us defy what’s possible when it comes to getting people moving.  Starting right now, these ambassadors are hosting Dare to Bare challenges all across the country. Read a sampling of this month's challenges, then check them all out on our Ambassadors Page.  Follow the ones on social media that resonate with you the best.  Take their challenges and practice your bravery. Every day.
 

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The Power of Play

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The Power of Play

Recently featured on ESPN, 22-year-old collegiate ice hockey sensation, Brittany Ammerman, embarked on an unstinting mission to empower women in seven remote Kenyan village through education about nutrition and health care.  While there, she uncovered the power of play and has since then launched a women’s soccer league that provides players with the confidence to know that women can make things happen.  That women can be soccer players, role models and leaders. Read more...

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Broken Hearts: Teenage Eating Disorders

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Broken Hearts: Teenage Eating Disorders

"At 17 years old, I starved and over-exercised my way to a 100 pound weight loss over 6 exhausting, mind-numbing, and heartbreaking months. Losing so much weight so quickly strained my heart, and I was reportedly a couple of workouts away from heart failure when they admitted me to the eating disorder clinic. I had literally broken my own heart." Read more...

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Carolyn Gioia: Our Scars Show Us Where We've Been

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Carolyn Gioia: Our Scars Show Us Where We've Been

We all have our insecurities about our bodies. For some it's our bellies. For others it's our thighs. For former collegiate athlete, Carolyn Gioia, it's the scars on her knees, which came as a result of injuries sustained while playing college field hockey and lacrosse.  But what she learned during her process of healing was that each scar told a story, serving as a reminder that scars show us where we have been, but they do not dictate where we are going.  Read more...

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What Moves You?

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What Moves You?

I’ve been approached by tons of people, sharing personal stories about body image and their lack thereof. About their need for self-acceptance.  About their daughters' impossible fight for perfection without recognition that its really our imperfections that make us perfect.  But they’ve also shared with me how getting active and moving their bodies has given them strength they never knew they had. And that’s exactly why Dare To Bare is important to me.  Because it’s an opportunity to both literally and figuratively expose our own personal strengths. Read more...

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Marquiwita Andrews: What it means to 'Dare to Bare'

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Marquiwita Andrews: What it means to 'Dare to Bare'

With Dare to Bare fast approaching, I am both nervous and excited, but ultimately grateful.  Through the community that I formed while moving on a bike, I began eating better and ultimately regained a very important love for myself. Dare to Bare means so much to me, not only because I have more confidence in myself, but because their are so many other women just like me who have lost their confidence. They are looking for people to influence them to find a new level of self-assureness.  Read more.

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Announcing our Dare to Bare Ambassador Program

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Announcing our Dare to Bare Ambassador Program

We're thrilled to announce our "Dare to Bare" ambassador program. We've hand-selected inspirational leaders from across the country who can help us defy what’s possible when it comes to getting people moving.  They are amplifiers for our mission, taking a proud stand for those suffering from body image issues, physical inactivity and the emotional and psychological consequences of an unrealistic standard of beauty.  Read more.

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Kelsey Blank: On Building Resiliency through Movement

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Kelsey Blank: On Building Resiliency through Movement

With 11 players on the field at a time and at least 7 more on the sideline, soccer is a sport that values a diverse palate of skill. Every teammate brings something unique to the field—some speed, some footwork, some field vision, and some strength—reinforcing the idea that no one person needs to be everything. But each body, regardless of it shape and size, has value.  Read more.

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An Interview with Stephanie Armstrong of "I Choose Love"

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An Interview with Stephanie Armstrong of "I Choose Love"

There’s something special about how movement can empower us.  How we exercise can at times show us how we live.  Do you go for it or hold back?  Do you show up consistently or not?  How do you talk to yourself when you exercise?  It can be similar to how you talk to yourself at work and home, too.  Exercise can transform us, especially when we find the ways to move our bodies that also stir our souls.  Read more.

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Ashley Grossman: Body Image Wisdom from a College Athlete

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Ashley Grossman: Body Image Wisdom from a College Athlete

During my college career I have listened to numerous athletes, not just water polo players, complain about their body image. No, they didn't think they were too heavy nor did they just want to lose a few pounds. These athletes were upset about their muscular and "butch" bodies. I cannot count the number of times I heard someone say, "I can't wait until I'm done playing so I don't have to look like a man anymore." This always shocked me.  Read more. 

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An Interview with "Almost Getting it Together"

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An Interview with "Almost Getting it Together"

Read Founder/CEO Jenny Gaither's recent interview with the blog, Almost Getting it Together and find out what Jenny has to say about being an entrepreneur in the category of social change, what brings out her inner rockstar and how to find balance in an increasingly busy world.  She inspires other by moving others.  Read more.

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Jessica Adams: Constant Positive Energy

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Jessica Adams: Constant Positive Energy

I am at a point where I feel comfortable in my own skin because I have never once felt judged or looked down upon by the people I now surround myself with. At times I think California changed my life, but in reality, I know I had it inside me all along.  I just needed the help of those along this path to light the fire under me to help me get there. I’ve lost 20 pounds and gained a whole new attitude--one that allows me to live a life with constant positive energy.  Read more...

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Tara Roach: Fitness as a Lifestyle

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Tara Roach: Fitness as a Lifestyle

I found myself bored in most everything I tried. I was used to extensive choreography, intricate movement and pushing harder and further than I ever thought possible. Now… I was just standing in a gym waiting to use a machine and unable to find a class challenging enough to keep my focus. Read more.

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Kristine Ciardello: When Steps Turn into Miles

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Kristine Ciardello: When Steps Turn into Miles

When you run with someone, it’s not about the competition. Running isn’t about me beating you, or you beating me. It’s about starting together, and finishing together. It’s about dealing with what comes at you during your time on the road. I want you to hit your goal as much as you want me to hit mine.  Read more....

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Amy Dadich:  A Body of Grace and Power

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Amy Dadich: A Body of Grace and Power

As a 40-year-old woman, I’m happy to say that I feel beautiful and empowered to be part of the change I have always wanted to see in the world. However, fully owning this strength took overcoming the one thing I have felt least concerned with for most of my life—my body image.  Read more....

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Lisby Skewes-Cox: Losing Self-Doubt and Gaining Strength

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Lisby Skewes-Cox: Losing Self-Doubt and Gaining Strength

For years, 23-year old Lisby Skewes-Cox believed that being skinny meant being lovable.  Until one day, she found herself so unlovable, that she was willing to do absolutely anything to change that.  So began her journey, one that included workouts that were done solely because she thought she had a ton of weight to lose.  But what she didn't realize was that she actually didn't need to lose a single ounce.  What she needed was to gain self respect and self love.  Read more.

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