Girls Health Period Menstruation Event will be held at Ziegler Park
Girls health period will host its first-ever vintage summit at Ziegler Park in Over-The-Rhin from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 30.
Period Summit, in partnership with CareSource and the Period Education Project, is designed to educate and engage the community on menstrual fairness and awareness, focusing on families, educators, community partners and coaches.
During the summit, Girls Health Period will provide free information on period health, healthy eating and more. The nonprofit will also discuss the importance of keeping girls in school and in sport through a community panel on period awareness. The panel, which begins at 3 p.m., aims to reduce the stigma associated with menstruation.
The summit is free and is for students ages 12 and up.
Due to limited seating, attendees must RSVP to attend the Menstrual Education portion of the Period Summit. There will be two sessions, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Anyone under the age of 16 must attend the educational session with a parent or guardian over the age of 18.
The peak of the period will include a mindful meditation and yoga session from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and a winding cardio session from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
The event will feature healthy snacks and produce provided by Kroger, hydration stations provided by Lifewtr, and healthy desserts provided by Honey Child Artisan Pops. Music throughout the event will be provided by DJ Queen Celine.
What is Girls Health Period?
Girls Health Period was founded in 2018 by Brittani Gray, a Cincinnati native and graduate of Walnut Hills High School and Central State University. Gray started Girls Health Period to provide menstrual products and underwear to schools and to eliminate truancy.
Since its inception, the organization has distributed over 900,000 menstrual products and served over 155 schools locally and nationally. Girls Health Period also donates products to local foster and group homes, and partners with local organizations to discuss menstruation with pregnant teens as they transition into parenthood.
When discussing the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Gray said sex education is usually the starting point when it comes to the topic of menstruation. According to Gray, to understand the importance of sex education, you must first understand your body and how it works, especially regarding menstruation.
Gray said that although the overturning of Roe v. Wade had no direct impact on her organization, she expects the decision to perpetuate the stigma surrounding all aspects of reproductive health, including menstruation.
“So health education, which is not fully regulated in our schools, is something that I think is likely to have a negative effect,” Gray said.
To register for the Girls’ Health Time Summit, visit event page.