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Veterans United Foundation and Ameren are Helping Girls Get Fit

Veterans United Foundation donated $10,000 and Ameren donated $800 to a recreation center weight room which will benefit at-risk young women who find themselves at Missouri Girls Town. Jenny Preiss, Director of Recreation, is working to incorporate individualized workout plans into every young woman’s treatment plan which will utilize the new recreation center weight room. Individualized workout plans include an initial assessment comprised of weight and measurements, identifying barriers and setting goals, followed by physical assessments.

The recreation center weight room will strengthen the therapeutic recreation program by providing another tool to utilize which will aid in setting goals, developing respect for the program, equi8pment and instruction and most importantly, our young women will develop self-respect and a positive self-image. “Exercise increases positive behaviors such as self control and confidence and decreases depression and aggression,” said Preiss. “We have completed all of our initial assessments and have started working on the individualized workouts and our girls have given positive feedback so far. Thank you to Veterans United Foundation and Ameren for providing this opportunity for our young women!”

Thank you to the Veterans United Foundation and the Ameren VIP/TEAMS Committee for their generous support for our young women.

Rob Harry (Veterans United), Kalei Holder, Kathy Becker, Jenny Preiss, Brock Williams (Veterans United) and Miranda Giger (Veterans United Foundation)

L-R: Rob Harry (Veterans United), Kalei Holder, Kathy Becker, Jenny Preiss, Brock Williams (Veterans United) and Miranda Giger (Veterans United Foundation)