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Release: Feb. 8, 2000

Program offers fathers tips for raising daughters with healthy body-image

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- It can be difficult rearing daughters to have a healthy body-image when they are constantly bombarded by media messages saying that they are valued more for how they look than who they are inside.

Joe Kelly, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy organization Dads and Daughters, will offer advice on bringing up healthy, confident girls in spite of such challenges during a free presentation 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 at the John Pappajohn Business Building, Room W10.

Although the program is geared toward fathers and daughters, the event is also open to mothers, educators and anyone else interested in making a difference in young girls' lives.

Kelly will show the audience how to minimize the harm caused to girls by advertising, movies and other media, how to strengthen the father-daughter relationship and how to better prepare daughters for womanhood. Kelly is a recipient of Parenting magazine's 1995 Parenting Achievement Award and co-founder of the award-winning, girl-edited New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dream.

The event is sponsored by the UI Student Health Service/Health Iowa, University Counseling Services and the Panhellenic Council.