“Girls in our community are facing enormous challenges to their health at shockingly young ages,” explains Dr. Lynn Todman, SMART Girls Rise Above Luncheon co-chair and Executive Director, Population Health at Lakeland Hospital. “It isn’t enough to tell them to eat right, exercise, and avoid risky behaviors. We need to create environments in our communities that support and promote healthy behaviors. SMART Girls is part of that environment.”
Marcia Fettig, the luncheon co-chair, agreed. “This event is important, and the SMART Girls program is vital for the girls in our community. If we want adults who are healthy and make smart life choices to create a strong community, then we have to support our young ladies now.”
Congratulations, Mikelae Kirby, for the leadership, academic success, and healthy lifestyle that exemplifies being a Boys & Girls Club SMART Girl of the Year.