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Five Ways to Teach Kids to Value Improvement Over Winning

By Allison Riley, PhD on 08/28/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Girls on the Run senior vice president of programming and evaluation Allison Riley shares how she encourages her daughter to learn in a mastery climate, even at a very young age.

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Women Who Wow Us: Rachel Bonnetta

08/28/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

As a host for FOX Sports, Rachel Bonnetta is leading the way for women working in the sports industry and encouraging girls who are interested in pursuing sports careers to boldly pursue their dreams. Learn more about Rachel’s career and hopes for sports broadcasting.

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Women Who Wow Us: Jody Jackson

08/07/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

FOX Sports Arizona reporter and anchor Jody Jackson started her love for sports young - both in the stands as a fan of South Florida teams and as a dancer and baton twirler down on the field. At a young age, Jackson set a big goal of wanting to be a reporter and has boldly pursued her dream, now working with FOX Sports for 17 years. Jackson shares how sports have impacted her life and how she stays positive in her career.

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Kindness is Free!

By Lisa Keller on 07/26/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

The simple act of kindness ought to be second nature to all of us. Nonetheless, it can be challenging at times to express it. The idea of kindness can get lost in our everyday lives - we might not make eye contact with someone so we don’t say hello, we avoid helping someone as we may not know if we are being overbearing or perhaps, we find it easier to say nothing rather than give kudos to a friend.

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Women Who Wow Us: Karyn Bryant

07/26/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Sports have always been a big part of life for television host Karyn Bryant. During her childhood and teen years, Bryant's involvement year-round in sports taught her the values of confidence and teammwork. Now, sports aren't only a part of Bryant's personal life, they're also her career! Bryant shares how she's helping to change the world of sports broadcasting as the anchor for MAMA H.E.A.T and host of UFC Tonight and how the skills she learned playing sports have helped her in her career.

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I Learned Anything is Possible Because I Ran a 5K

07/21/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Girls on the Run has teamed up with Say it Forward, a platform that encourages women and girls to share their stories in hopes of inspiring other women and girls. The story below was submitted to Say it Forward by Coach S. See more Girls on the Run stories here and submit your own story here.

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Women Who Wow Us: Geanna Culbertson

06/20/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Geanna Culberston is an award-winning author and sponsor of Girls on the Run Los Angeles. Through her books, The Crisanta Knight Series, Culbertson tells stories of a strong female protagonist who is defining her own destiny. 

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Let Go of the Weight of Judgement

By Kira Montuori on 02/14/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Judgement is a fool. It is meant to hold people back, sidetrack them from doing what they love and dim their light. Judgement is heavy and it’s like carrying bricks in your backpack and you can’t fly carrying bricks.

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Dreaming Is Imagining Yourself in Other Places

By Diana Patton on 01/24/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Most people declared a dream recently in the form of a New Year’s resolution but that dream will merely remain a fantasy or a make-believe place until you begin to visualize yourself living out your dream. A vision takes on life and begins to create shape in your mind. You have to pick up that project and see yourself finishing it.

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Gratitude on the Run

By Jennifer Helfrich on 11/29/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

These girls may not understand it now, or even think about it in the future, but they have each taught me something about every single one of the lessons we have discussed; about teamwork, about real beauty, about friendship, about positivity, about compassion, about physically and mentally healthy behaviors, and yes, about gratitude.

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The Relentless Search

By Mandy Murphy on 09/27/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

Pulling into the drop-off line at my daughter’s and step-daughters’ new high school, I found myself desperately wanting to pour encouragement and wisdom into their excited and nervous bodies. They recently started their freshman year and this passage feels oddly huge. Their adult sized bodies and full backpacks climbed from the car, and out of nowhere I found myself quietly saying: “Trust yourself. You have all you need within you already. Stay true to yourself.” 

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A Serendipitous Tale

By Jennifer Helfrich on 09/12/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

As I am about to start coaching the very first season of Girls on the Run in my community, I cannot help but reflect on the events that have led up to this moment.  The word “serendipity” occurs often when I think about GOTR, and even more often when I talk about it.  

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Impacting Girls' Lives as a Girls on the Run SoleMate

By Tracy Gariepy on 09/07/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

I’m a SoleMate. I love saying that! Running has always been something so meaningful to me, because it means so many different things to me: It’s my chance to decompress or ramp up for something. It’s what I do to feel strong. It’s what I do when I feel sad or happy. It’s my time to be alone when I want to, or something I can share with my friends. I have awesome amazing epiphanies when I run and I want to burst with pride when I see someone I love (or even a complete stranger!) reach one of their running goals.

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What We Tell Ourselves Matters

By Kira Montuori on 08/04/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

What we tell ourselves matters.  In fact, the internal dialogue is probably the most important voice we hear.  Our inner words define our inner relationship and our relationship with ourselves defines every other relationship in our lives. 

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe

By Hilliary Meisner on 07/18/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

At Girls on the Run, we learn all sorts of lessons that we can use in our everyday life.  Lessons like how to stand up for ourselves and our beliefs, how to be a leader in our communities and how to make healthy choices to help keep our bodies and minds strong. 

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I'm with Geese

By Kira Montuori on 07/07/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

When I was a college gymnast, my coach sat down our team and shared the Lessons from Geese. I wasn’t too enthused because when you’re in college, you think you have a leg up on geese. Umm… y’all, geese should rule the world. I learned a lot in college (which looks vaguely similar to memorized /regurgitated). I retained the Lessons from Geese. I’ll try to sum up the main points in my best Cliff Notes rendering of how geese JUST. GET. IT.

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Stop. Breathe. Think… to Calm the Storm

By Kira Montuori on 06/22/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

The mom of a Girls on the Run participant shares how a lesson from the program has become key for helping her daughter navigate stressful situations. 

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Post-Run Smoothie Recipe

By Hilliary Meisner on 06/14/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

Treating our bodies well and fueling our healthy pace is a year-round commitment and one I like to take seriously. At Girls on the Run, we learn that there are many choices we have to make in a day. Fueling my body with nutritious food is one decision I try to make on a daily basis.

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Dropping the Pressure to Do Big

By Mandy Murphy on 05/27/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

Many of us feel pressure to do something big with our lives. By focusing on doing something big, we can be missing all of those little moments when being ourselves is probably the biggest possible thing we could do. 

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Zucchini Muffins

By Hilliary Meisner on 04/25/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

At Girls on the Run we make the choice to be a Girl on the Run.  We make the choice to be joyful, happy, healthy and confident young women!  Now think about your typical day. How many choices would you say you make in the span of 24 hours?  I am sure I make over 100 choices/decisions in the span of one day.  Choices like what do I want to wear, what do I want to eat, when should I go to bed, etc. Let's take a look at a decision we make at least three times a day, I am talking about the decision to make healthy food choices!  When making choices about how I am going to fuel my body, I like to pick wholesome foods that will help me reach my fullest potential, but I also like to make sure the food I am eating tastes great!

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Bloom Where You Are: The Importance of Boundaries

By Mandy Murphy on 03/08/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

On initial consideration, a boundary calls up images like a wall, a fence or a line. The literal side of me identifies boundaries with something that keeps something in or out. It implies rigidity. It feels solid. It is defined. Apply these concepts to life and it makes sense why boundary setting can be so challenging. Life is messy and fluid. Change is constant, and we all know that things rarely unfold exactly as we planned. So, why would we think it possible to build a wall in an oceanic-like current called life? 

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace - Snacking

By Hilliary Meisner on 01/29/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

Healthy snacking is a smart way to keep your body happy and fueled. Hilliary from Brunch N'Cupcakes shares snacks that you can toss together in minutes plus a recipe for homemade energy bites that you can easily customize with your favorite ingredients. 

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Fueling our Healthy Pace - Bake it Forward Chocolate Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread

By Hilliary Meisner on 12/18/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

GOTR girls not only learn about how to be healthy, joyful and happy girls, they also learn how to be strong community leaders through our community impact projects. Cooking Light Blogger, Hilliary Meisner shares their Bake It Forward concept as a way to show others you care during the holiday season.

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Fueling our Healthy Pace - Post-5k Chili

By Hilliary Meisner on 12/02/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

We're introducing the Fueling our Healthy Pace series, a collection of healthy recipes for GOTR families.

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Why I Own a Tutu and Tie-Dye My Own Socks

By Jeff Masilun on 11/18/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Read on to hear from a Girls on the Run dad about his rewarding experience coaching and the special bond he shares with his daughters—especially when they run together.

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Making a Difference: Community Impact Projects

By Jen Gardner on 11/13/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

At Girls on the Run, girls learn that small acts, as well as big ones, can ignite positive change within a community and that they hold the power to make these changes. 

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Projects We Love from the GOTR Giving Platform: November Edition

By Suzanna McCloskey on 11/12/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Did you know you can make an impact and raise money for Girls on the Run using the GOTR Giving Platform? Engage your network of friends and family to give to Girls on the Run by creating your own fundraising project or give to support an existing project today!

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Tips for a Healthier Halloween

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 10/28/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Help your child enjoy a safe, healthy Halloween - including candy! - with these tips.

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Wellness Tip: Practicing Joy

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 10/26/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

You don't have to have perfect life circumstances or feel happy every moment of every day to lead a joyful life. It may be cliché, but joy is not a destination--it is a journey. The more you practice joyfulness, the more naturally joyful you will become. Try these 10 tips to experience more joy in your life.

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5 Tips to Extend Education Outside the Classroom

By Kara Deschenes on 10/14/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Compliment your child’s education with this advice to keep students engaged in the world around them!

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Empower a Girl, Change the World

By Jessica Willard on 10/08/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Empower a girl, change the world! Girls on the Run is designed to inspire every girl to recognize her inner strength and activate her limitless potential. When girls are empowered, they can change their futures, their communities, and even the world!

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The Importance of Standing Up for Yourself

By Megan Gildin on 10/02/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

A message to GOTR girls: Stand up for yourself, be confident and take time to thank those around you that have allowed you to stand tall.

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10 Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 09/24/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Establishing healthy habits at an early age can help your child stay healthy for a lifetime. Try these 10 tips to raise a healthier kid.

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Bloom Where You Are: Flex Your Self Compassion Muscle

By Mandy Murphy on 09/22/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Why is being compassionate with ourselves so challenging? Mandy Murphy explores this phenomenon and underscores the importance of adopting self-compassion as a daily practice.

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Get Ready for Fall Running with these 6 Tips

By Kara Deschenes on 09/15/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Take advantage of autumn’s delight with these tricks to ramp up your running this season!

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Creative Ways to Help Your Child Express Herself

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 09/11/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

One of the best ways to boost your child's confidence is to encourage healthy self-expression. Use the following tips to help your girl be more creative and expressive.

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Projects We Love from the GOTR Giving Platform: September Edition

By Suzanna McCloskey on 09/09/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

You can make an impact and raise money for Girls on the Run using the GOTR Giving Platform! Engage your network of friends and family to give to Girls on the Run by creating your own fundraising project or give to support an existing project.

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Have the Best School Year Yet!

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 09/04/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Help your Girls on the Run girl have her best school year yet. These tips will help her start and finish the year on the right foot.

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Welcome Back to GOTR!

By Megan Gildin on 09/02/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

"This year, as we return to school and start a new GOTR season, I would like to reframe the mixed emotion that comes with the new school year by focusing on our core value of embracing our differences and finding strength in our connectedness."

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Exercise for a Good Cause with Charity Miles

By Suzanna McCloskey on 08/31/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Make your miles count by downloading the free Charity Miles app to raise money for Girls on the Run while you move! Our supporters from all over the country love raising funds for Girls on the Run through Charity Miles. Hear from some of them in their own words!

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Make Running a Family Sport

By Kara Deschenes on 08/27/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Inspired by your Girls on the Run girl?  Join the fun with these tips for families looking to adopt a healthy lifestyle together!

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Getting Ready for Back-to-School Routines

By Kara Deschenes on 08/24/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

As summer comes to an end, help your kids make the transition back-to-school with these easy tips!

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My Journey as a Girls on the Run SoleMate

By Suzanna McCloskey on 08/11/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

When training for my second marathon, the 2015 Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee, I wanted to make a positive impact on my community while running, so I decided to fundraise as a Girls on the Run SoleMate.

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Projects We Love from the GOTR Giving Platform: August Edition

By Suzanna McCloskey on 08/05/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

You can make an impact and raise money for Girls on the Run using the GOTR Giving Platform! Engage your network of friends and family to give to Girls on the Run by creating your own fundraising project or give to support an existing project.

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Pointers from the Program: The Whole Girl

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 07/31/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

It is difficult for teens to see themselves in complex ways. Most often girls will focus on one or two areas, typically their physical appearance, school or peer relationships. However, when they do they run the risk of feeling and living in a one dimensional world, and when that world goes awry (which it will), then they believe their whole life is ruined. Our new middle school program, Heart & Sole introduces girls to the idea that they are multi-dimensional and that they have many parts which make them whole.

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GOTR Summer: Week Five

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/29/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

For week five of #GOTRSummer, we're sharing tips for incorporating healthy eating habits and acts of kindness into your day.

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Summer Reading

By Amy Ellrod on 07/23/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Make summer reading exciting for your child with these engaging tips and resources!

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GOTR Summer: Week Four

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/22/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

For week four of #GOTRSummer, we're sharing tips for healthy outdoor activities and regular physical fitness.

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Lighting A Fire

By Minka Misangyi on 07/15/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Minka Misangyi, Council Director for Girls on the Run of Bexar County has watched Girls on the Run catch fire in her community and grow into something bigger than herself and her council.

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GOTR Summer: Week Three

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/14/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

It's week three of GOTR Summer! Each week, we will be updating the GOTR Summer page with photos, healthy tips and weekly challenges to help you stay connected with Girls on the Run! 

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One in a Million: Kennedy Vaughan

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/13/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

The earliest version of the Girls on the Run curriculum was piloted in 1996 with the help of thirteen brave girls, including Kennedy Vaughan. Little did she know what a pivotal role she was playing in the program that has now served more than 1 million girls!

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One in a Million: Kind Campaign

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/08/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

In 2009, Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson decided to create a documentary and nonprofit that would become Kind Campaign and reach hundreds of schools and communities nationwide. Here’s what Lauren and Molly have to share about being one in a million.

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One-in-a-Million Moments Announcement

By Amy Ellrod on 07/07/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Thank you to everyone who showed their support for Girls on the Run and let us know which of our One-in-a-Million Moments inspired you the most! The team that received most votes was from Girls on the Run San Antonio, who collected and donated guitars to the Warrior Cry Music Project.

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GOTR Summer: Week Two

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/07/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

It's week two of GOTR Summer! Each week, we will be updating the GOTR Summer page with photos, healthy tips and weekly challenges to help you stay connected with Girls on the Run! 

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Summer Growth Activities for Girls

By Megan Gildin on 07/06/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Megan Gildin, Girls on the Run International's Positive Youth Development Specialist, encourages you to use this summer to find ways for your girl to live the lessons she learned at Girls on the Run and continue to nurture her physical, emotional and spiritual health.

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GOTR Summer: Week One

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/02/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

How are you enjoying your #GOTRSummer? Just us in celebrating GOTR Summer by sharing your summer photos, getting healthy tips and staying connected with the GOTR mission!

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One in a Million: Jessica Leonard

By Suzanna McCloskey on 06/29/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Jessica Leonard, a SoleMate charity runner for Girls on the Run Greater Cincinnati, is well on her way to meeting her fundraising goal and raising $100,000 in scholarship dollars for Cincinnati girls. Here's what Jessica has to share about being one in a million.

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One in a Million: Nicki Maher

By Suzanna McCloskey on 06/26/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

ALEX AND ANI strives to create meaningful jewelry that empowers those who wear it. As Vice President of the Charity by Design division of ALEX AND ANI, Nicki Maher works to strengthen charitable organizations' missions by partnerships with ALEX AND ANI.

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Behind the Scenes: GOTR Coach is One in a Million

By Suzanna McCloskey on 06/25/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

It is only because of our incredible coaches that we have been able to reach the milestone of serving one million girls, and we are grateful to each and every one of them! Read on to watch the video featuring Coach Rae and see the special bond she has formed with her team.

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Running With My Daughter

By Patrick Callahan on 06/21/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Read on to hear from Girls on the Run International board member Patrick Callahan about his daughter Maddie's first race with Girls on the Run and the special bond the two share—especially when they run.

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One in a Million: Jo Ann Stoda

By Suzanna McCloskey on 06/17/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Famous Footwear is a Girls on the Run National Sponsor committed to getting girls everywhere started off on the right foot. Here's what Jo Ann Stoda, VP of Retail Marketing for Famous Footwear's parent organization, has to share about being one in a million.

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Behind the Scenes: GOTR Alum is One in a Million Video

By Celi Merchant on 06/15/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Beth is the one-in-a-million alum featured in our One in a Million video. Read on to learn more about her story, including how Girls on the Run has stayed with Beth throughout her life, and watch the video featuring her.

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One in a Million: Toni Carey

By Suzanna McCloskey on 06/10/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Toni Carey co-founded Black Girls RUN!, a Girls on the Run Volunteer Alliance, in 2009 to inspire African American women to make their health a priority and provide encouragement and resources to new and veteran runners. Click here to find your nearest Black Girls RUN! running group and join the movement.

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Bloom Where You Are: Lessons on Our Power

By Mandy Murphy on 06/09/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

On a recent Saturday, Mandy Murphy watched her 7-year-old daughter testing for her first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Doa demonstration that culled together two years' worth of strength, knowledge and skill. As Mandy watched in awe as her daughter achieved her goal, she realized the full power of her daughter's self-confidence. One of the reasons Mandy founded the Girls on the Run of the Triangle, NC council 15 years ago was to help girls build and strengthen that essential foundation of self-confidence and encourage them to believe in their inner power.

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Behind the Scenes: GOTR Girl is One in a Million

By Celi Merchant on 06/08/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Frida is one in a million. We reached out to Frida's coach about having her help with the filming of oour One in a Million video, and she let us know how special Frida is. Read on to learn more what makes Frida one in a million and watch the video.

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Transforming the Fitspiration Concept

By Celi Merchant on 06/02/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Looking for a quick way to feel self-conscious? Do an image search for “fitspiration.” You’ll be hit with bad advice, false promises and extreme workout demands laid over images of exceedingly toned bodies in very little clothing. Rather than feeling bad about yourself, let's transform the concept and focus on what does inspire us to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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One in a Million: Megan Grassell

By Suzanna McCloskey on 05/27/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Megan Grassell started Yellowberry to make unique, age-appropriate bras for growing bodies after being frustrated with the styles that were available for her younger sister. Megan aims to transform the bra industry for teens while helping them become more confident, empowered young women. Here’s what Megan has to share about being one in a million.

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One in a Million: Casey Cortese

By Suzanna McCloskey on 05/19/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Earlier this year, Karen "Casey" Cortese completed the Triple 7 Quest, an attempt to run seven half marathons on all seven continents in seven days as a SoleMate for Girls on the Run Rockies. Despite travel delays in Antarctica, she met her goal (even running her first full marathon in the process!) and, best of all, raised funds for the Rockies council to bring Girls on the Run to more local girls. Here’s what Casey has to share about being one in a million.

 
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One in a Million: Tracy Gariepy

By Suzanna McCloskey on 05/12/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

In addition to being a wife, a mother of three and health enthusiast, Tracy Gariepy serves as a Brand Ambassador for running and fitness projects at Vibram USA, a National Partner of Girls on the Run. Tracy has found a way to fully experience the world through running and has spread that joy and passion for staying active to her children. Here’s what Tracy has to share about being one in a million.

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One in a Million: Katherine Slingluff

By Suzanna McCloskey on 05/05/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

When Katherine Slingluff, a photographer and mother of two living in Brooklyn, registered for the 2014 New York City Marathon as a SoleMates charity runner for Girls on the Run NYC, she did not know what big things would be in store for her. She crossed the finish line as the one-millionth finisher in the marathon’s 44-year history and is now guaranteed entry into the race for life! Here’s what Katherine has to share about being one in a million.

 
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One in a Million: Nancy Green

By Suzanna McCloskey on 04/30/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

As a National Partner of Girls on the Run, Athleta's support is instrumental in helping Girls on the Run inspire girls to reach their limitless potential. Nancy Green, President and General Manager of Athleta, helps Athleta evolve and soar to new heights each day. Nancy has three decades of retail experience, as well as expertise in serving as an impactful mentor for future leaders.

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One in a Million: Nicole Jones

By Suzanna McCloskey on 04/21/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

This week, we hear from Cigna Executive Vice President and General Counsel Nicole Jones, JD, about what makes her one in a million. Jones, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a JD from New York University, has held increasingly responsible leadership roles throughout her career and always aims to lead with an open heart.

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One in a Million: Sarah Moshman and Dana Michelle Cook

By Suzanna McCloskey on 04/18/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Filmmakers and TV producers Sarah Moshman and Dana Michelle Cook met in 2007 when working on a national teen filmmaking program and soon realized they shared a passion for female empowerment. The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things is their first feature-length documentary, which chronicles the journey of five female filmmakers as they drive across America to interview inspirational women from all walks of life. Sarah and Dana want to change the world by empowering people through storytelling. Here’s what Sarah and Dana have to share about being one in a million.

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A Message to My 8-Year-Old Self

By Amy Ellrod on 04/17/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to go back in time or to send a message to your younger self with perspective you’ve gained along the way? Girls on the Run International's Amy Ellrod has. Here's what she'd have to say and why.

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One in a Million: Krista Davis

By Suzanna McCloskey on 04/15/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, a National Partner of Girls on the Run, is filled with passionate members that provide hands-on volunteer support to Girls on the Run councils in the sorority's quest to Build Strong Girls. In honor of National Volunteer Week, we're featuring Gamma Phi Beta International President Krista Davis, a One-in-a-Million woman who knows the importance of volunteers. Here’s what Krista has to share about being one in a million.

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One in a Million: Jodi Norgaard

By Suzanna McCloskey on 04/07/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

As a Girls on the Run coach for four years and mother of three, Jodi Norgaard knows the importance of girls receiving positive messages about physical, mental and emotional health. When she saw a need for age appropriate, properly proportioned toys carrying that positive message, she decided to start Dream Big Toy Company and create Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls as a fun and educational way to celebrate healthy habits.  Here’s what Jodi has to share about being one in a million.

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One in a Million: Mikki Stevens of Red Hot Mamas

By Suzanna McCloskey on 04/01/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Red Hot Mamas is a one-of-a-kind comedy dance group founded 22 years ago by Mikki Stevens, now in her 60s, when she inspired a group of five women to dance in their hometown Fourth of July parade for the purpose of encouraging and motivating other women through uplifting fun. The group has since gone on to perform in two Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades by invitation, two U.S. President Inaugurations, The London New Year’s Day Celebration and many other events. Most group members range in age from 30 to 60 and all exude a zany zest for life. Here’s what Mikki has to share about being one in a million.

 
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Pointers from the Program: Let’s Rethink Adolescence

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 03/30/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Adolescence gets a bad rap. Too often it seems we treat this as a period to just survive—for kids and parents. But what if we saw this time as a time of cultivation? Growth? A period unto itself where we weren’t just rushing our children through. What if we used the time to actively connect, tend and nurture?

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One in a Million: Jill Dailey

By Suzanna McCloskey on 03/24/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

As the Co-Founder and President of The Dailey Method fitness studio, Jill Dailey helps people transform their lives through fitness with classes that combine ballet, pilates and yoga. Jill has moved The Dailey Method from a one-room studio in San Francisco's Marina District to an international fitness enterprise with 56 studios on three continents and counting, all while staying true to her original goal of improving the lives of those she teaches. Here’s what Jill has to share about being one in a million. 

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One-in-a-Million: Andréa Williams

By Suzanna McCloskey on 03/20/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Andréa Williams, a nurse from Annapolis, Maryland, is one of the eight women on the Bike Like a Girl team, which will participate in the Race Across America transcontinental bicycle race in June. As the second 8-woman team in Race Across America history, Bike Like a Girl is participating with the goal of raising money and awareness in support of empowering girls and women through cycling. Here’s what Andréa has to share about being one in a million.

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One-in-a-Million: Kristen Snyder

By Pamela Young on 03/17/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

In this Q&A we hear from a recent Girls on the Run participant, 12-year-old Kristen Alexis Snyder. Kristen participated in Girls on the Run in Charlotte, North Carolina in the 4th grade. Hear what Kristen, now in 7th grade, has to say about being One in a Million.

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Bloom Where You Are: Who Are You?

By Mandy Murphy on 03/16/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Mom, spouse, professional, vegetarian, runner . . . sometimes the things with which we identify become what we embrace as our identity. But what we are is not the same as who we are, and embracing it too strongly can limit deeper fulfillment. In this installment of the Remarkable! column Bloom Where You Are, Mandy Murphy explores bringing your awareness to a place of real connection with yourself and others.

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One-in-a-Million: Renée Trudeau

By Suzanna McCloskey on 03/08/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Renée Peterson Trudeau is an internationally recognized life balance coach, speaker and award-winning author who believes our inner life should be as rich as our outer life. Renée has led transformational events for women for 20 years and has certified facilitators in more than 10 countries to administer workshops based on her acclaimed curriculum.This week, learn what Renée has to say about being one in a million.

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One-in-a-Million: Xochitl Hernandez

By Suzanna McCloskey on 03/07/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Nationally, women make up only 3.5 percent of firefighters. In Austin, Texas, where Xochitl Hernandez works for the Austin Fire Department paving the way for other women firefighters, that percentage has nearly doubled in the past six years. Here are her thoughts about being one in a million.

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One-in-a-Million: Jess Weiner

By Suzanna McCloskey on 03/02/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

For the past 20 years, Jess Weiner has encouraged people to share their individual stories through her work as a social entrepreneur, speaker, writer and educator. As Dove’s Global Self-Esteem Ambassador for nearly the past decade, she has become an expert on inspiring confidence in women and girls. Here's what Jess has to share about being one in a million.

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One-in-a-Million: Sha'Condria Sibley

By Pamela Young on 02/26/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

We’re Celebrating the milestone of serving one million girls by showcasing some one-in-a-million women who have made exceptional contributions to empowering girls and women. This week, learn what poet and performer Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley has to say about what makes her—and all of us—one in a million.

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One-in-a-Million: Kathrine Switzer

By Pamela Young on 02/16/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

This year, Girls on the Run will serve its one-millionth girl! We’re honoring this milestone by celebrating what makes each of us one in a million and by showcasing some one-in-a-million women who have made exceptional contributions to empowering girls and women—beginning with Kathrine Switzer, the iconic sports and social advocate whose participation as the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon made sports history in 1967.

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The Things We Say

By Celi Merchant on 02/10/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

“At least, you don’t have man hands!” That's what Celi, our marketing manager, recently heard exchanged between two friends, and it got her thinking about the ways women sometimes bond over negative self talk. Here are her thoughts.

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Pointers from the Program: Encouraging Girls to Make Thoughtful Decisions

By Allison Riley, PhD on 11/29/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

Elementary and middle school girls make complex decisions each day. Should I go with the crowd or stand up for what I believe? Should I continue the gossip chain or choose to stop it with me? At Girls on the Run help our girls learn to make intentional and thoughtful decisions when it comes to themselves, their relationships and their community.

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Leveraging Our Differences

By Douglass L. Jackson, DMD, MS, PhD on 11/20/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

“Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness” is one of Girls on the Run’s six core values. Girls on the Run International Board member Douglass Jackson, DMD, MS, PhD, whose work focuses on diversity, inclusion and cultural competency, shares how that value is expressed through our program.

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Bloom Where You Are: The 'Not Enough' Fallacy

By Mandy Murphy on 10/17/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

Bloom Where You Are—written by our director of professional development, Mandy Murphy—is a column that shares thoughts and insight about wellness and personal development. This first installment explores the "not enough" perspective that many women embrace to the detriment of their own wellbeing.

 

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GOTR Spirit Video: What's the Best Part of my GOTR Team?

09/27/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

What is the best part of a Girls on the Run Team? In this video for GOTR Spirit Day, our girls tell you what they like about their teams.

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GOTR Spirit Video: What Have I Discovered About Myself?

09/26/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

In this series of videos celebrating Girls on the Run Spirit Day, September 26, girls share their GOTR spirit in their own words. In this video they explain what they've discovered about themselves through their participation in Girls on the Run.

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GOTR Spirit Video: What Makes My Girls on the Run Team Strong?

09/25/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

We believe that "our girls say it best." In today's GOTR Spirit video leading up to Girls on the Run Spirit Day September 26, some of our girls share what makes their Girls on the Run Team strong.

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GOTR Spirit Video: Advice from Our Girls

09/24/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

If you could give a girl a piece of advice, what would it be? That's what we recently asked some of our girls on run. GOTR girls learn to value and voice their thoughts. In the second video of our series leading up to a national Girls on the Run Spirit Day, September 26, here's some of the advice they shared.

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GOTR Spirit Video: What Makes My Team Unique?

09/22/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

GOTR girls learn to value and voice their thoughts. That's why we often say, "Our girls say it best." In this series of videos leading up to a national Girls on the Run Spirit Day, September 26, girls share their GOTR spirit in their own words. First up, hear what they think makes their teams unique.

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Running Our Lives

By Elizabeth Kunz on 09/17/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

Girls on the Run International's CEO, Elizabeth Kunz, looks beyond running to share what Girls on the Run is about at its core and how activity and movement fit into the picture. Are you "at one" with Girls on the Run? Read on to find out.

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Pointers from the Program: How Girls Learn to Stand Up for Themselves & Others

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 09/04/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

One of the core values of Girls on the Run is “Stand up for ourselves and others.” But how do we equip our girls to activate that value in their own lives, especially in a world that often teaches them that putting others’ needs first is what's expected of girls and women, and standing up for yourself is selfish or pushy? Confidence is part of the formula.

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