Below Your Belt App for Girls 10-14

There's an App for That - Gamifying Girls' Pelvic Health

Missy
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Project Description

Beyond general health ed and before sex ed lies the opportunity to teach girls about their PELVIC HEALTH.  Why does this matter – or matter to you? Because it's more than likely that your daughter, mother, sister, aunt, spouse or another important woman or girl in your life will experience disruptive, compromised pelvic health - issues which are largely preventable and treatable.

There’s a lot going on down there!

Girls have complicated systems that can go awry without proper care and training. They can also thrive in a state of pelvic wellness. Learning the essentials about her body below the belt can set a girl up for great overall health the rest of her life.

As the premier women's pelvic health organization for women and girls, we’re here to raise funds for the development of the first all-pelvic health app for girls to help them navigate their way through the peaks and valleys of their pelvic region.

Put the Power of Pelvic Health in a Girl’s Hands and She Will Go Far

What does a pelvic health app look like? Fun! It features lively, animated interactive modules that take the user from place to place within her pelvic region, to learn what each part looks like, what it does, and how to take care of it. On a visit to the Below Your Belt app she can:

  • Explore the Build A Pelvis module to learn about the bones, muscles, systems, and organs of her pelvic region, from the inside out
  • Track water intake and have a quick check-in with the Shades of Yellow Chart
  • Play with food combos to build good, nutritious, fiber-filled snacks and meals (so she doesn't experience Constipation Consternation)
  • Stretch and "Om" with yoga poses to relieve cramps, constipation, and stress
  • Learn how to engage her invisible "corset" so she can protect her bladder function and experience more power in her athletic performance
  • Follow her friend, Ovum, the Princess of Ovulation, on her journey through the reproductive system to fully understand how the entire process of menstruation really happens - and why
  • Measure her moods on the Hormonal Roller Coaster and take charge with a period tracker designed especially for tween and teen girls

Issues below the belt impact the lives of tens of millions of grown up girls every day. Things like bladder leaks, constipation, and painful or excessive periods can negatively affect relationships, activity levels, and overall health. Women spend billions of dollars, both inside and out of the healthcare system dealing with these issues.  Our research shows that at a young age, many girls are already symptomatic with preventable issues that can follow them into adulthood, if not taught differently.  By getting over the stigma early-on and teaching REAL health and knowledge below the belt, we can change the current women's health paradigm and create a positive experience for grown-up girls of the future. This is our mission!

Updates

The Project FAQs

Where did you get the idea for an app?  Our non-profit parent organization, Women's Health Foundation (WHF) conducted a study in 2012 which highlighted how adolescent girls know virtually nothing about their pelvic region and the essential functions of this part of their body.  The astonishing thing was not the lack of knowledge, but the high number of girls who were already at 14 years of age (on average) experiencing recurring issues such as bladder leaks or chronic constipation or pelvic pain.  So the first step was to have the results published in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, October 2015, and then write what has turned out to be a multi-award winning book for 10-14 year old girls and their grown ups entitled, Below Your Belt: How to be Queen of Your Pelvic Region, authored by Missy Lavender and Jeni Donatelli Ihm.

This year WHF created all sorts of educational materials for the book, including mini-chapter booklets, pamphlets (all gender friendly and inclusive), discussion guides, and curricula.  Our aha moment came when we were playing Pokemon Go with our own daughters! We were inspired to actually put this information in interactive modules and get it in front of girls and youth by bringing it to them in the medium they most want to access - a mobile app!

We were so excited to team up with Karen Cahn of VProud and the IFundWomen team to raise the necessary funds to create this groundbreaking application.

Which 5 awards did Below Your Belt: How to be Queen of Your Pelvic Region receive?

  • INDEPENDENT BOOK PUBLISHERS ASSN (IBPA) - Ben Franklin Award for Editorial and Design, Silver Medalist
  • INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARD (IPPY) - Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing - Award for Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction, Gold Medalist
  • NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD - Better Books for a Better World - Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction, Gold Medalist
  • NEXT GENERATION INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER AWARD - Health and Wellness, Gold Medalist; Children’s Non-Fiction, Finalist
  • MOONBEAM CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD - Books to Inspire Children to "Read Early and Read Often"; Gold Medalist

Who is your competition? While there is puberty health education in most markets across the U.S., young girls tend to learn only the basics about their bodies "below the belt."  Missing are important topics such as the importance of good bathroom behaviors, or exercises to help with cramps or constipation, or even a real understanding of the parts and mechanics of all the elements of their pelvic region, including muscles, structures, organs, and systems.  The BYB app will be the first of its kind, also the first of its kind to incorporate gender-friendly content for the LGBT community.

When is the BYB app intended to launch?  We intend to bring a prototype to girls directly and through educators in the beginning of 2017 and have a minimally viable product in the app marketplace, during the third quarter of the year.

Who is the on the BYB app team?  Elizabeth Wood, is the Chief Vision Officer of Below Your Belt L3C and is the lead on the content creation and project management of the app.  Missy Lavender, Pelvic Health Champion and CEO Below Your Belt L3C and is a key part of the app development team.  We have engaged research and development folks in New York and Madrid who will be helping us bring the technology to life.

What will you do with the funding?  We have already begun market testing the concept of the app with girls and their moms in Chicago. With this funding, we will move from concept research to the creation of a minimally viable product of an app that we can launch on a national basis directly to girls.  As well, we will test by inserting this app and its unique product offering into existing puberty and early health education programs in Chicago, Seattle, and Iowa to assess the feedback from teachers and students.  We hope to have the MVP available by the third quarter of 2017.

What do you hope to accomplish by launching this app?  The goal of everything we do is to help women and girls learn about their 'center of all centers', or this place 'below the belt' known as their pelvis.  We hope girls learn both what is inside their body, what the supporting cast of characters is, and how it all works, but also that they gain a sense of control over their monthly cycles, their digestive systems, and even learn a few useful tips about bathroom behaviors.  We know from research that good habits start early and they begin with knowledge.  We want our girls to be strong, powerful, in control and healthy - from the inside out.  This is why we are building Below Your Belt mobile app.

What challenges do you face?  With every start up, you risk funding challenges - that's why we're here at IFundWomen!  Besides that, our biggest challenge is getting girls to want to interact with the BYB app.  In our early development stage, we will co-create a prototype with the input of real girls in an effort to learn more from them about areas of interest and usage, which we think will help inform the "what" of the app.  As we roll out the MVP, we will look closely at the interaction patterns of all users to judge their interest and experience, and evaluate additional product offerings to be added in the future.  As indispensable as we know all this information is to these girls' future health and as much as all the healthcare professionals tell us this app is needed, ultimately we need to draw the girls into the conversation and help them discover the wonder of their bodies.  This is the biggest challenge we will face.

How many openings DOES a girl have in her pelvic region? Three! The urethra, vagina, and anus. Boys have two.

How does pelvic health show up in a girl's everyday life, for instance, "bowel health?" She may experience painful and sometimes harmful constipation because she can't leave the classroom to use the bathroom or she may be eating foods devoid of fiber or not drinking enough water. It's embarrassing, and it can be painful. It can also lead to sluggishness, inability to think or focus, hemorrhoids, and eventual harm to pelvic floor muscles from pushing too hard. It's not hard to teach best practices and dealing with real-life obstacles once you get past all the funny words and giggles. Who says talking about poop can't be accessible?

What is Women's Health Foundation?  WHF is non profit foundation solely devoted to women’s and girls’ pelvic health research, programs, education, and outreach.  Since its founding in 2004, WHF has addressed the needs of women in all ages and stages of life.  As Women’s Health Foundation changes its name to To Know Is To Know (late 2016) and refocuses its purpose to serve youths and young persons, the hope to bend the pelvic healthcare cost curve, while giving young girls the tools and education they need to be in the know.

Is my donation tax deductible?:  No. Below Your Belt L3C is an Illinois low return LLC. It is a separate for-profit entity, majority owned by Women's Health Foundation (WHF), a Chicago-based 501c3.

When will my reward be sent? As soon as our campaign closes, we will be sending it out post-haste.

Will there be shipping and handling charges attached to rewards? Only if a package needs to travel outside the Continental USA.

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08/21/2017
Signed Copy of Below Your Belt: How to be Queen of Your Pelvic Region
$50
02/27/2017
One-on-One Lunch with BYB co-authors Missy Lavender or Jeni Donatelli Ihm
$3,200
02/25/2017
No reward
$125
02/01/2017
Below Your Belt Mug
$100
01/12/2017
Below Your Belt Library Donations
$75
01/03/2017
No reward
$5,000
12/31/2016
No reward
$200
12/31/2016
Signed Copy of Below Your Belt: How to be Queen of Your Pelvic Region
$50
12/31/2016
The Potty Pledge
$25
12/29/2016
Signed Copy of Below Your Belt: How to be Queen of Your Pelvic Region
$50
No reward
28 Supporters
Contribute
$25
The Potty Pledge

With this donation, you'll receive a ready-to-print downloadable file of the BYB Potty Pledge which encourages better bathroom behaviors for better bladder health.

6 Supporters
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$50
Signed Copy of Below Your Belt: How to be Queen of Your Pelvic Region

With this donation, you'll receive a signed copy of Below Your Belt, the award-winning book that started it all.

6 Supporters
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$75
Below Your Belt Library Donations

With this donation, the library of your choice will receive two copies of the award-winning book, Below Your Belt, gifted in your name.

3 Supporters
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$100
Below Your Belt Mug

With this donation, you can show your HPP - Healthy Pelvic Pride! - with an exclusive BYB mug.

6 Supporters
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$250
Signed Copy of Below Your Belt & BYB T-Shirt

With this donation, you'll receive a signed copy of the award-winning book, Below Your Belt, and an exclusive t-shirt to showcase your support for girls' pelvic health.

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Below Your Belt illustration, Signed Poster

With this donation, you'll receive a Jan Dolby BYB illustration, signed by co-authors Missy Lavender and Jeni Donatelli Ihm.

2 Supporters
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$1,000
Pelvic Power Package

With this donation, you'll receive three signed books: Below Your Belt, Riding the Potty Train, and You Go, Girl: But Only When You Want To! PLUS, a Total Control pelvic strength exercise DVD, pelvic health fact sheets, and adolescent pelvic health materials. Pelvic Power across all ages and stages of development!

2 Supporters
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$1,500
Exclusive Sponsorship on Below Your Belt App Page

With this donation, you'll receive exclusive sponsorship of one of four home screens in the new BYB app for 90 days.

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$2,500
One-on-One Lunch with BYB co-authors Missy Lavender or Jeni Donatelli Ihm

With this donation, you'll have have lunch with Missy or Jeni to discuss pelvic health, nonprofit best practices, app development or all of the above! Chicago area only.

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$5,000
A Visit from the BYB Co-Authors

With this donation, Missy or Jeni will spend an hour with you or a group of your friends to talk about pelvic health, consult on a project, or even facilitate a Pelvic Power Party! Continental US only.

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Rewards

No reward
28 Supporters
Contribute
$25
The Potty Pledge

With this donation, you'll receive a ready-to-print downloadable file of the BYB Potty Pledge which encourages better bathroom behaviors for better bladder health.

6 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Signed Copy of Below Your Belt: How to be Queen of Your Pelvic Region

With this donation, you'll receive a signed copy of Below Your Belt, the award-winning book that started it all.

6 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
Below Your Belt Library Donations

With this donation, the library of your choice will receive two copies of the award-winning book, Below Your Belt, gifted in your name.

3 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
Below Your Belt Mug

With this donation, you can show your HPP - Healthy Pelvic Pride! - with an exclusive BYB mug.

6 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Signed Copy of Below Your Belt & BYB T-Shirt

With this donation, you'll receive a signed copy of the award-winning book, Below Your Belt, and an exclusive t-shirt to showcase your support for girls' pelvic health.

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Below Your Belt illustration, Signed Poster

With this donation, you'll receive a Jan Dolby BYB illustration, signed by co-authors Missy Lavender and Jeni Donatelli Ihm.

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
Pelvic Power Package

With this donation, you'll receive three signed books: Below Your Belt, Riding the Potty Train, and You Go, Girl: But Only When You Want To! PLUS, a Total Control pelvic strength exercise DVD, pelvic health fact sheets, and adolescent pelvic health materials. Pelvic Power across all ages and stages of development!

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,500
Exclusive Sponsorship on Below Your Belt App Page

With this donation, you'll receive exclusive sponsorship of one of four home screens in the new BYB app for 90 days.

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0 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,500
One-on-One Lunch with BYB co-authors Missy Lavender or Jeni Donatelli Ihm

With this donation, you'll have have lunch with Missy or Jeni to discuss pelvic health, nonprofit best practices, app development or all of the above! Chicago area only.

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$5,000
A Visit from the BYB Co-Authors

With this donation, Missy or Jeni will spend an hour with you or a group of your friends to talk about pelvic health, consult on a project, or even facilitate a Pelvic Power Party! Continental US only.

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0 Supporters
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