The Faith Based Wellness Program co-hosted training with San Diego Unified School District’s Physical Education department on the newly developed Muslim Practical Guide “Improving Muslim Youth Participation in Physical Education and Physical Activity in San Diego County”. The purpose of this training was to educate SDUSD Physical Education teachers how to accommodate the needs of Muslim girls while practicing their religious obligations.  The Muslim Practical Guide was designed to present the proper understanding of Islamic practices and identifying barriers for Muslim girls with physical activity. By promoting the practice of inclusivity, this guide is intended to increase cultural competence amongst Muslim girls and young women. The Faith-Based Wellness Program began the implementation of this guide by presenting to P.E. Educators from all over San Diego Unified School District. In collaboration with the Islamic Centers Bureau, over 70 Physical Education teachers attended this forum to understand the religious and cultural influences that affect the physical activity of a young Muslim girl. The hour-long presentation was focused on the importance of physical health, gender equity and practicing modesty. After the presentation was completed, attendees completed a post-evaluation survey. Overall, the response to the guide was very positive and a step in the right direction towards promoting an all-encompassing environment for young girls to thrive and live a healthy lifestyle.


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