WithAll Blog


The State of Youth Sport and Opportunity for Children’s Health

Feb 11, 2021

Recorded in the month of May 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, WithAll’s What to Say Instagram Live Series, “The State of Youth Sports and Opportunities for Children’s Health” featured four amazing women who are incredibly influential in sport.

They shared practical information, tips, and stories about the influence of coaches on young athletes’ physical and mental health.

Did you miss this great series? Catch up on the episodes below!

To learn more about our resources for coaches, including the What to Say Coaches Challenge, click here.

Lea B. Olsen
Founder, Rethink the Win

Lea discusses the pressures youth athletes face and how what adults, especially coaches, say matters in helping them develop a healthy relationship with food and body.

Carlin M. Anderson, Ph.D, LP, CMPC
Co-owner, Premier Sport Psychology

Dr. Carly Anderson discusses what contributes to a healthy mindset for young people, and the emphasis on food and body as part of a healthy self-concept is important for youth athletes.

Jessie Diggins
Eating Disorder Survivor, Author, Olympic Gold Medalist

Jessie discusses her many experiences with coaches over the years, and how what they said to her impacted her self-esteem and body image.

Kitty Westin
WithAll Board Chair, Eating Disorder Activist

Kitty discusses her journey as an eating disorder activist, why she believes in What to Say and WithAll, why what adults say to young people matters, and how it impacts their well-being & mindset.

What to Say Coaches Challenge

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THE PLEDGE: I believe that words matter. I want to make a positive impact on the kids in my life by stopping harmful diet and weight talk. I am committed to making sure that every child gets a chance to develop healthy relationships with food and body.


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Shannon assists with the logistics of development and operations and making every day run as smoothly as possible. Her day-to-day focuses on our Recovery Support Program, budget management, events, and administrative support. She enjoys being part of the nonprofit world and finding ways to help enhance the organization. She has a heart for serving others and helping people succeed.

Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health & Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Walden University.

Outside of work, you can find Shannon chasing her two girls around, attending sporting events and finding the next brewery or winery to explore.

Lindsay leads our operations, programming, fundraising, and communications to better fulfill our mission. She enjoys engaging with our supporters and stakeholders to build stronger connections to our work. Outside the office, you can find her planning her next trip, exploring the Twin Cities, or reading her book club’s latest pick.

With ten years of experience in nonprofit and foundation administration, Lindsay is a creative project manager working to strengthen all our operations. She loves being a part of a team deeply dedicated to discovering innovative and effective strategies to end eating disorders and is excited to invite others into this important work. Efficient and collaborative, she executes activity across all operations, including fundraising, events, communications, and programming. Lindsay has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, and a fundraising certificate from the University of St. Thomas. She and her family live in Richfield, MN.

As Executive Director, Lisa leads WithAll’s strategic growth as a sustainable social enterprise dedicated to the prevention of and healing from eating disorders.

Lisa has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs, community relations, and law, and nearly 15 years of experience in non-profit leadership, most recently at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. She is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a member of the Minnesota Bar, and a Minnesota Supreme Court appointee to Minnesota’s Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. She volunteers with her daughter’s school and with youth sports.

Lisa does this work because she knows eating disorders are not a choice; they are deadly, and they are everywhere. She also knows kids are not born with harmful thoughts and actions around food or their body—and it’s our job as adults to keep it this way so they can focus their precious brains and time on things that matter.

Lisa finds laughter, all children, and the numerous variations of sparkling water to be delightful.