Using Youth-Driven Programs to Encourage Physical Activity in Adolescent Girls: A Preliminary Study


  • Tanya Forneris University of Ottawa
  • Corliss N Bean University of Ottawa
  • Michelle Snowden University of Ottawa
  • Michelle Fortier University of Ottawa


Youth Programming, Physical Activity, Female


Research has shown that adolescent females are less active compared to males leading to a call for increased physical activity programming for female youth (Bordersen et al., 2007). However, to date, research has not incorporated the voice of youth. According to the United Nations, youth have a right to participate in society and express their views about matters concerning their lives and future (Health Canada, 2001). The purpose of this research was to explore female adolescents’ experiences related to health and physical activity. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with female youth from a local Boys and Girls Club. Four themes emerged from the data where youth provided insight as to how they perceive health, what prevents them from being active, what may motivate young females to be active, and ideas for new programming. These results have integrated into the development of a youth-led physical activity-based life skills program for female youth.

Author Biographies

Tanya Forneris, University of Ottawa

Associate Professor

Corliss N Bean, University of Ottawa

Masters Candidate

Michelle Snowden, University of Ottawa


Michelle Fortier, University of Ottawa

Full Professor






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