GiRL Power Event for Moms and Preteen Daughters Tackles Tough Issues

FORT WORTH, Texas — The tumultuous “tween” years can be especially tricky for girls and their moms. A new program in North Texas is helping families tackle tough issues commonly faced by 9-to-12 year-olds — like bullying, internet safety, poor nutrition and low self-esteem.

Texas Health Resources and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health present GiRL Power (Girls in Real Life) from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on March 3, at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The event aims to strengthen the bond between preteen girls and their moms (or other important women in their lives) in order to build their confidence and improve their health and well-being.

Attendees will hear from two keynote speakers: Miss Texas 2012 DaNae Couch and Olympic Gold Medalist Carly Patterson. The event also includes small group discussions, goodie bags, photo booths, door prizes and refreshments. Tickets are $15 per adult/child couple and $20 for adults bringing more than one child.

“The pre-teen age for young girls is a time of change,” said Jennifer Gavia, registered dietitian at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, who will speak on nutrition. “Their bodies are changing, they’re developing a sense of self, and they’re creating healthy habits. This is a critical time when eating behaviors are established that often influence behaviors during adulthood. We want our girls to have a positive relationship with food and healthful nutrition, which is why it’s important to start helping her form those habits now.”

For more information about the GiRL Power event or to register, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355) or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health
Established in 2007, the LWBIWH builds and offers research, education and community outreach programs to improve the lives of women and their families by applying the resources and expertise from its affiliation with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University. The institute supports scientific discoveries unique to women’s health and gender differences; advances the knowledge of health care professionals through evidence-based resources; and connects with communities for healthier lives. For more information about the LWBIWH, call 806-356-4617 or visit