My Master of Fine Arts Thesis Project, entitled Girls Living Healthy, is an educational web site for girls ages 8 to 108. It is designed to inform and teach them how to make healthier nutrition and, subsequently, lifestyle choices. This project combines my passion for healthier living with my skills in, and enjoyment of, writing, illustration, and web design. Girls Living Healthy includes hand-drawn illustrations, original and applied hardcoded scripting language, resource and links, a glossary of less common terms, a quick interactive game called "Mood Swings", and the culmination of over a year's personal research and participation. My overall goals with this project have been to change the way this type of information is provided, raise its quality standard, facilitate the sharing of knowledge and wisdom, and empower girls and women so that they may find balance in their lives. What makes this project unique is that it is based on, and reflects, my personal journey to wellness. I have sought to inform and teach not only through making the results of my research easy to understand, but also through my first-hand experience as a girl with occasional references to, and my reflections on, being a granddaughter, daughter, sister, mother of a daughter, and woman.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Girls--Health and hygiene--Interactive multimedia--Design; Women--Health and hygiene--Interactive multimedia--Design

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Schweppe, Marla

Advisor/Committee Member

Rubin, Donna


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: RA778 .H49 2012


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