MBA (Mind Body Attitude) was created in 1992 to promote the following goals:
1. To raise the awareness of all B’nai B’rith Girls concerning the benefits of healthy, physically active lifestyle.
2. To increase the level of physical fitness of young women.
3. To develop a positive self image in young women.
4. To educate young women on health hazards of smoking, alcohol, and drugs.
5. To teach young women to “respect yourself” and “respect your body”.
6. To increase levels of self-worth, self-esteem, and self pride in young women.
7. To educate young women on the important of self defense.
8. To empower young women to take control of the direction of their lives.
Go to the JCC near you and go swimming, go to the sauna, have makeovers, and do aerobic exercises together.
Girls can get closer to each other this way, while at the same time increasing their self-esteem, and becoming healthier at the same time.
Pass out to each girl a blank piece of paper, and a writing utensil. Tell them that they have to write themselves an apology letter. Girls will apologize for anything- any nagging about their body shape or size, any former eating disorders, negative comments or image of themselves, cutting, drinking, unwanted sexual experiences, anything that a girl can possibly go through/ anything that they have done to "damage" their bodies or "self-destruct" in any way. 1 by 1, have each girl come up and read what they wrote, and then shred it in front of everyone with a paper shredder. If girls are unwilling to read their letters, collect them and randomly disperse them throughout the room and ask for volunteers to read someone else's story and shred it. Have a discussion afterwards about why girls do things to hurt themselves or disrespect themselves/how to help/how it has affected girls in the room or anyone they know. This is a good segway to a good and welfare.
Miscellaneous MBA Ideas:
Have an aroma therapy session with tons of candles.
Have a "Chicken Soup for the BBG Soul" where you read inspirational and uplifting stories or poems to your members, and encourage them to bring their own stories to share.
Start a chapter bowling league! Compete against another BBG chapter once or twice a month!
Have a workout night.
Go to a house that has a lot of room and a big screen TV, and do a work-out video together as a chapter.
Take a hike as a chapter for an afternoon. Stop and have a healthy lunch. During lunch, discuss the female image and the way we view ourselves.
El Al Events that embody MBA:
MBA Night: Planned by Miriam Laws
Breast Cancer Programs:
1. Make pink bracelets as a chapter to support Breast Cancer Research. Sell them at a regional event and donate the profit to a Breast Cancer Research fund.
2. Lead a chapter discussion on how breast cancer has affected the lives of members and their family members.
3. Find a run, walk, or marathon that supports Breast Cancer research groups and participate as a chapter.
4. Make healing candles for those affected with breast cancer and bring them to ill patients.
Positive Attitude Programs:
1. Find a message board online where girls can share anything they'd like about what they're going through and other girls are able to respond. This will help those who are going through tough things, because others will be able to give them advice and offer them a positive perspective on their issues.
2. Have girls count their blessings. Have girls share what they're thankful for. This will allow them to see how many positive things they have in their life and will diminish their negative situations.
3. Invite a motivational speaker on positive thinking to an event.
4. Throughout an event, make each girl make a small donation to a charity each time she is negative, nags, or complains about something.
5. Have girls tell stories of how positive thinking got them through tough times.