EduSport is the brainchild of trained physical education coaches who were concerned about the absence of opportunities for recreation and play for students under age 11 in St. Elizabeth, a parish in rural southern Jamaica. Jason Henzell, founder of the BREDS/Treasure Beach Foundation, who has invested significantly in sports for development initiatives in Treasure Beach and surrounding communities in St. Elizabeth, eagerly embraced the program.
UNICEF came on board in late 2012 to operationalize EduSport in 11 primary schools that had no physical education instructors. EduSport is designed to deliver structured physical education, build key life skills, boost school attendance and aid in classroom learning. A team of six coaches visit each school once a week to lead EduSport sessions, engaging not only students but increasingly their teachers. Younger children participate in activities and games that help with basic numeracy skills, like counting. Older students have more structured programs that include football, netball, cricket and athletics.
EduSport coaches infuse sessions with opportunities to teach listening skills, discipline, teamwork, self-esteem and conflict resolution. They develop close bonds with many of the students, and have become mentors for several children. EduSport currently reaches over 1,200 students. Based on the needs of other deserving schools, BREDS aims to expand the program over the next two years.
It amazes me that a physical education, recreation and athletic programs that we take for granted in our schools here in the United States are not available throughout Jamaica. EduSport is making such a difference in St. Elizabeth. I saw so many positive things taking place with the students from this program. The fact that all the teachers are out watching and supporting their students was so special and you could see so much pride and confidence in the children. Much of Jamaican life is filled will the “tough love” mentality and it is very competitive, but EduSport was designed to change that way of thinking and provide an environment that is encouraging to students; demonstrating respect for others, gender equality, teamwork and of course fun. Coaches are positive mentors and they do an incredible job helping to foster both life and athletic skills.
EduSport Program at Geneva Primary School
The BREDS Treasure Beach Sports Park & Academy
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LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: Tweezing might not be fun but at least your tweezer can be!
Say the word, “tweezer”, and fun isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Pinching? Yes. Painful? Sometimes. A picnic? Nope. Never.
That’s why I’m passionate about my Seductive Beauty Pick of the Week: Tweezerman Pink Perfection Slant Tweezer ($22). While it may not make tweezing a day at the beach, it does minimize pain and enables me to tweeze super effectively. The hand-filed, 25-degree slant of the tweezer allows me to tweeze with precision and comfort, grabbing every hair that isn’t where it’s supposed to be.
The sharp tip really hones in on each hair, targeting it for removal from tip to top so there’s no stubble (no, thank you) and hardly any pain at all (thank goodness). Plus, the tips close evenly and securely so there are no accidental pinches or ouchies.
And let’s just talk about the color. Whether this is sitting in your makeup brush jar on your vanity or on your shared sink space with your husband, that little flash of pink is a subtly sweet reminder that being a woman isn’t such a bad deal. After all, we may have to tweeze but at least we can do it in colorful style.
Moll Beauty Tip: If you’re sensitive to tweezing, try applying an ice cube or cold compress prior to tweezing. It will numb the area and make tweezing a tad bit more bearable.
Talk Up Yout is a unique nationally televised program in Jamaica that focuses exclusively on issues affecting young people. Host and Executive Producer, Emprezz Goulding, created Talk Up Yout in 2010 for adolescents to have a platform where they could share their experiences, discuss challenges, and explore solutions. The show’s groundbreaking approach comes against a backdrop of a society in which young people are not often consulted. The media landscape is dotted with few opportunities for young people to be heard. Talk Up Yout, which airs once a week, has no-holds barred, frank discussions on a wide range of topics, including violence, teen pregnancy, suicide, substance abuse, mental health, sexual reproductive health, and disabilities.
The non-stop need for adolescents to be seed and heard led to a new idea—a Talk Up Yout island-wide tour. The tour stops in each parish to hear directly from high school students. In 2013, Talk Up Yout teamed up with UNICEF and other partners to make the tour happen – reaching over 3,000 adolescents across Jamaica.
On our first day in Kingston, Jamaica we went to Holy Trinity High School where Emprezz Golding moderated a panel of grade 7-11 student representatives who led interactive and lively discussions with inputs from hundreds of their fellow students in the audience. Students talked openly and often emotionally about everything from physical and emotional abuse to challenges in broken homes and struggles with sexuality. They shared their goals and hopes and focused, with Emprezz’ encouragement, on crafting their own solutions.
Emprezz had such infectious energy and passion to help these children. Her directness and ability to speak up and talk about the reality of life, that no one wants or dares to talk about, could very well save the lives of many of these Jamaican youth! We all need an Emprezz in every country including here in the USA.
Emprezz up on stage engaging the young audience alongside the student panel during the Talk Up Yout program. (Photo from www.talkupyout.com)
Photo from www.talkupyout.com
Team UNICEF: Our group of UNICEF Jamaica and UNICEF US Fund advocates and supporters
excited to get started on the first day of the field visit. (Photo from www.talkupyout.com)
Moll and Emprezz (Photo from www.talkupyout.com)
Moll enjoyed talking with the students after the program.
Holy Trinity High School campus
There are moments that change your life forever -mere moments in which you know that after that moment you will never be the same, couldn’t be the same if you tried. My first-ever field visit with UNICEF to Jamaica was one of those moments. But it wasn’t just a moment. It was a week filled with visiting people and places, that would forever change my thinking and impact my heart and soul in such a way that I never thought possible before. I want to share this week filled with life-changing moments with you over the next few blogs. I hope I can express the memories in my heart effectively so that you can catch a glimpse of what I saw and take it into your own heart. That is my wish.
On February 17th I set out on my journey with UNICEF in Kingston, Jamaica. Now, when we think of Jamaica, we often think of sitting in the sand and sipping frosty cocktails with little colorful umbrellas in them. Well, this was not that kind of trip to Jamaica. No, we went to see the real Jamaica – and the real people of Jamaica – and what their Jamaica means to them. We saw the joys of family and friends and the country pride that we share as a people and then we saw the struggles that they face on a daily basis that many of us do not share.
We traveled all over the island to check out the innovative and life-changing projects that are already underway, thanks to UNICEF. It was such a gift that I was able to visit a different program on each day of my visit and see firsthand how UNICEF is changing the lives of those in need throughout this island country.
UNICEF Jamaica‘s current five year program of cooperation (2012-1016) with the government of Jamaica has three major components: Quality Education Program, Adolescent Health and Empowerment Program, & the Child Protection Program. Together the three programs are designed to address specific inequities across the entire life cycle of the most vulnerable children, to strengthen the systems which serve them, increase their access to key services and improve data use for better programming and advocacy. Over the course of my week in Jamaica, I spent a day at each of the following programs: Talk Up Yout – A Voice For Young People, EduSport – The Right To Play in Rural Communities, Children of Faith – Moving Families Forward, EVE For Life – Empowering Young Moms and Smile Mobile – Serving Children in State Care.
I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know more about these UNICEF-sponsored programs as much as I enjoyed getting to see them in loving action in person. It fills my heart that people are able to come together in such a powerful way. I hope it inspires you as it has inspired me – to make a small difference in your own world on a daily basis.
The UNICEF office in Kingston, Jamaica.
Photo from UNICEF Jamaica’s Facebook page
LOVE THIS! The Art Of Shaving & Gillette Fusion Chrome Collection Power Razor ($175). LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: Nothing’s sexier than smooth-as-silk legs! I think I speak for all of us ladies when I say that shaving is not my favorite way to pass the time. While it’s a necessary evil, the wrong razor can leave you looking – and feeling – worse for wear. So when I find something that actually makes the shaving experience more enjoyable, I hang on to it. Right now, I am hanging on tightly to my Seductive Beauty Pick of the Week: The Art Of Shaving & Gillette Fusion Chrome Collection Power Razor ($175). Now, listen I know what you’re thinking – “Your Seductive Beauty Pick of The Week is a razor, Moll? What’s seductive about that?” Well, think about it. Is there anything sexier than soft, smooth legs under a cocktail dress? And I know it’s a steep price! But you know that I wouldn’t be telling you about it if mediait wasn’t worth every penny. This razor is a rarity for a number of reasons. The coolest? It has a built-in spotlight – the first of its kind – to actually help glide the razor for the perfect, most smooth shave ever. It’s weighted and balanced handle and gentle micro-pulses help reduce friction thus reducing the number of accidents and nicks. But first I need to shave! Luckily with this pick, I know that I’ll enjoy a smooth shaving experience that will result in the smoothest and silkiest of legs.
Moll Wants To Know: What makes your shaving experience a little bit more
Sleep, beautiful sleep. We all love a good night’s sleep, but how often do we actually get the sleep we need? There seems to always be something happening in our lives that prevent us from getting the 7-8 hours of restful sleep we need, but we shouldn’t scrimp on our sleep. Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury, and it is the best health and beauty essential we have. During sleep our bodies and our skin are repairing and restoring. A good night’s sleep reduces stress, improves memory and helps protects us from illness and disease.
Getting a good night’s sleep is often easier said than done. Experts recommend you establish a positive bedtime routine and develop a sleep habit by going to bed and getting up at the same time everyday. Since we spend half of our lives in bed, this is a good place to invest in your comfort. A fabulous mattress that gives you the support you need and high thread count sheets may be the answer to a comfortable night’s sleep. I have also found some other wonderful products that help me sleep soundly that just might help you sleep your way to health and beauty too.
1. Sound Oasis Sleep Therapy Pillow (www.sound-oasis.com): If you are someone who enjoys falling asleep to the sound of music or even a sound machine, but your partner doesn’t share your love of sound at bedtime, the sound-oasis sleep therapy pillow may be the answer for you. Filled with hypoallergenic polyester fiberfill enclosed with a soft-brushed cover, the sleep-oasis pillow has two high fidelity, ultra-thin stereo speakers positioned deep within the pillow and even includes in-line volume control. Plug into any compatible ipod/MP3 player, CD player, television, radio or sound therapy system and relax and enjoy your favorite music or sounds without distracting your partner.
2. SLEEP NUMBER DualTemp layer (www.sleepnumber.com): This product is another perfect solution for customizing the temperature that is best for your perfect night’s sleep. The temperature balancing layer that can be added to any bed features active air technology that heats or cools each side and allows you to select your ideal temperature from cool to warm at the touch of button. A timer is included that allows for an automatic shutoff from one to nine hours.
3. Royal Highnies Pajamas (www.royalhighnies.com): Wow, the most comfortable, breathable, pajamas ever! Like wrapping up in the world’s softest sheets, the Royal Highnies lounge pants and lounge tops for men and women are made from 400 thread count pima cotton for a comfortable, and luxurious night’s sleep.
4. Neuro SLEEP (www.drinkneuro.com): I discovered this wonderful night cap at a recent hotel stay and was amazed at the tasty blend of goodnight nutrients like melatonin, magnesium, formulated to promote restful sleep. I not only slept better, I woke up more refreshed. You can try it in three fabulous flavors.
5. Silk or Satin Pillowcase (www.sleepnbeauty.com): Did you know that sleeping on your side or stomach can cause creases to your face? Night after night your skin is being pulled and those dreaded fine lines are forming on your complexion. Sleeping on your back is kinder to your skin, but if you tend to toss and turn from position to position, a silk or satin pillowcase is for you. The soft fabric won’t tug at your skin giving you the beauty sleep you need.
Have you been trying hard to lose that belly fat but are unsuccessful? Well according to Jorge Cruise, NY Times best-selling author and guest on The Moll Anderson Show tomorrow, it may not be your fault! Jorge Cruise has many books about diet, but his latest Happy Hormones Slim Belly is going to teach you how to get that slim belly. Once we are over 40 our bodies change and we have to make changes in our diet; this will be the breakthrough that you are looking for. Producer Susannah and I have a couple of fun articles including Rewarding Resolutions:7 Ways to Spoil Yourself this Year. It’s all about indulging in feel good treats. And are you trying to do think of something to do with your partner to stay connected? Why not try couples yoga? We found a great article for beginner tips on couples yoga; Tips for Starting and Sample Tandem Pose Sequence. Dawn McCoy from BeautyFrosting.com stops in to give us our Beauty Beat and she is here to talk about hair products! Our Hot pick song of the week is by Pharrell Williams and it’s called Happy! This song will just want to make you get up and move! If you have any questions or need advice write into me at askmoll.com. See you next week!
Song of the Week: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
LOVE THIS! EcoTools Barely There Lashes ($5.99)
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: Fake lashes that don’t look fake? Now, that is beautiful!
False lashes. Many of us women have a love/hate relationship with them. They’re either not the right fit, hard to apply, too dramatic or not dramatic enough. Well, my Seductive Beauty Pick of The Week: EcoTools Barely There Lashes ($5.99) has the corner on that love part of your false lash love/hate relationship handled.
You will love these lashes. And not just love them but looooooooove them. Let’s start with the fact that they’re natural looking so they’ll look just as at home in the carpool lane as in the fast lane. This natural look is due in part to the fact the lashes are more sparse toward the inner corners of the eye and fuller, longer and more lush at the outer corners. Plus, they’re not full-on strip lashes so they just add some oomph without adding any oh-no-gaudiness.
I’m a super big fan because my busy life doesn’t allow time for lash changes throughout the day. So I love that I can apply these in the morning and they’ll wear on through the night adding instant glamour without being too, too much.
And the strip itself accentuates your lash line making it look darker and more defined. So if you mess up that eyeliner, it’s got ya covered! Add the fact that they’re only $5.99 – and super comfortable to wear – and you’ve found the best false, natural-looking lash for your buck!
If you’ve batted a thousand when it comes to false lashes and given up, trust me and give these a try. You’ll look like your naturally most gorgeous, glamorous self without breaking the bank!
Moll Wants To Know: What lashes do you love?
Studies have shown that houseplants improve your health and reduce stress, fatigue and depression. So why not green it up a bit by adding some greenery into your home? Whether you’re just trying to get through the dreary days of winter or are going through a major life change that’s depleting you emotionally, bringing the outside in can only improve both your home and your state of mind.
A sucker for succulents. My choice for bringing the outside in? Succulents. These plants not only reflect my southwestern roots but add color, texture and a unique design element to any space I’m in. Plus, with our busy lives, succulents are a wonderful low-maintenance option. How so? Here’s a fun fact! Succulents store water in their leaves so they can sustain longer periods between watering. The perfect option for the busy person on the go like me!
Choose your container. Depending on your aesthetic, lifestyle and preference, there are a myriad of containers that are perfect for housing succulents. For instance, a simple glass container can be transformed into a succulent garden with very little effort by simply adding rocks and water. When choosing your container, be sure that pots have drainage holes or are porous – such as clay pots. I love using large concrete pots and large shallow pots to beautifully display my succulents. More unconventional containers that I love include serving bowls and antique dough bowls – used with a liner for pots without drainage holes and filling them with rocks and moss.
Purposeful Planting. When creating your succulent garden, you want to plant with purpose. Add rocks to the bottom for drainage purposes and fill with just enough water to touch the bottom of the plant. When using soil, also fill the bottom of your container with rocks and use well-draining soil. I prefer to use half-sand and half soil but you can also buy soil specifically for succulent planting at your local home improvement store.
Drink up. Even though succulents are low maintenance, they still require watering. Just be sure to let the soil dry between waterings. As normal, water from the top when planted in soil – making sure that the water drains.
Let there be light. Most succulents like direct sunlight but some prefer moderate sunlight so be sure to check care instructions. And be sure to store succulents with similar light and care requirements in shared containers.
Choices, choices, choices. There are tons of options when choosing which succulents to buy but here are my favorites that you’ll find in my homes: Agave, Aeonium, Aloe, Echevera, Haworthia, Sedum, Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks) and Air Plants (although please note that these do need misting as they get their moisture from the air).
Get Creative. Who says your greenery has to stay green? Be like me and get creative! In my new home in Dallas, I spray-painted my succulents pink for a fun, modern vibe and a powerful punch of color. These fit in perfectly with the bright and colorful décor of our living room. I also love adding a touch of metallic to a room by spray-painting my succulents gold. And for the holidays, you can’t go wrong with having them spray-painted with glitter. Shine on!
If you need additional tips on care, there are countless resources online to help you start – and maintain – your own succulent garden. So bring the outside in today and see if it doesn’t bring a bit of sunshine in with it, as well!
Moll Wants To Know: How do you get creative with your succulents?
Today is the day after Valentine’s Day but love is still in the air as it always is on the Moll Anderson Show. We have a great show today packed with inspiring women! First we have on Samantha Cassetty, the Nutrition Director for the Good Housekeeping Research Institute and the author or 7 Years Younger: The Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet. She is going to tell us the 7 sweet treats we should be eating…that’s right, sweet treats we should be eating! You won’t want to miss all her great tips. Then later in the show we have NY Times best-selling author of On The Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership, Alison Levine. Alison is one amazing woman taking her leadership roles to new heights. She has climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both Poles. Her inspirational advice for the business world is superb. Producer Susannah and I have some great articles including “Make Every Day Valentine’s Day”. Sure it’s nice to have a holiday but every day should be a day to remember- from great communicating to adding that extra special touch. It’s a great article to remind us to not take each other for granted. And we also have a great article, “Five Reasons Why You Should Take Risks.” Are you a risk taker or do you like to play it safe? If you are not taking any risks than chances are you will not go further in your life and career. So come on take some small risks! We also have the fabulous Dawn McCoy from BeautyFrosting.com to give us our Beauty Beat. She is filled with all sweet products this time around. Keeping with the romance-filled weekend our hot pick song of the week is called Chocolate by the 1975. Don’t forget you can write into me each week at askmoll.com See you next week!