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A Touch of Magic

By Sharon Stone 08/20/2018 | General

The culminating 5K at the end of each Girls on the Run season is my absolute favorite day! First as a parent, then as coach, and now as a program coordinator, the day doesn’t pass without goosebumps of awe and inspiration. When all 25 teams, 300 girls and their families come together for this event, the venue just oozes with girl power!

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Whatever the Obstacle

By Stacie Sather 08/15/2018 | General

Several years ago, my daughter, Sunshine, and I went for a hike. While walking, she noticed something unusual. Something that struck her curiosity. 

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Internet Safety with Miss O & Friends

By Asha Ellison 07/06/2018 | GOTR Picks

A safe social haven for girls? Yep. It’s a real thing!

In today’s technology-driven world, it’s important for a girl to have a safe space—a place where she can be her authentic self. Miss O and Friends is an online community where girls are free to engage with their peers without fear of cyberbullying, exposure to risky content or having to be anyone other than themselves.

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25 Creative Ways to Ask Kids About Their Day

By Haley Warner 06/22/2018 | General

How we engage with children matters!

It’s time to take casual “how was your day” conversations to the next level and make them more meaningful.

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Challenge Yourself to a Month of Kindness

By Asha Ellison 05/22/2018 | Giving Back

At Girls on the Run, we believe kindness is one of those things you should toss around like confetti. When we leave a little sparkle wherever we go, we empower others to pay honorable deeds forward. Just imagine the impact that type of goodness could have on the world.

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#GirlsAre Strong

By Carol Thomas 05/16/2018 | General

Girls on the Run is committed to creating programs that are accessible and inclusive for all girls. Meet Sadie, a ten and a half year old from Birmingham, Alabama who is participating in her first season of Girls on the Run and isn't letting her disabilities hold her back.

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Five Creative Ways To Thank Your Girls on the Run Coaches

By Haley Warner 04/26/2018 | Announcements

Girls on the Run coaches are the heart of Girls on the Run. Not only do they illustrate what it means to be a Girl on the Run, they encourage girls to live joyful, healthy, and confident lives while creating lasting memories for girls along the way. 

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25 Compliments to Give Other Than Good Job

By Haley Warner 04/17/2018 | General

We teach girls that what they say and how they say it matters, no matter their age. When kids reach an accomplishment, go beyond just “good job” so they know their actions are powerful and important. 

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#LetsTellHer to Use Her Voice

By Sunshine Richards 03/21/2018 | General

Too often, we fail to see the value young girls bring to the table. It’s time to tell her to use her voice, even when the world doesn’t seem to be listening.

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5 Ways to Inspire Leadership in Children

By Asha Ellison 03/16/2018 | General

We have to teach our children how to find the balance between staying true to themselves while also challenging them to grow. Through these challenges, we help our children learn adaptability, effectiveness, self-control, kindness, assertiveness and how to better manage themselves and their influence on others.

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Model Behavior: Making What We Say Match What We Do

By Asha Ellison 02/08/2018 | General

We must task ourselves to be open-minded about our sisters. We must practice empathy, have respect for, and acknowledge that women have different preferences, styles, worldviews, and experiences that contribute to who we are and how we present ourselves. Just because another girl may look, dress, or think differently than you, it doesn’t mean she is inferior. If you take away another girl’s right to exist as she is, without fear of castigation, then you, too, are surrendering your right to the same protections and freedoms.

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Peer Pressured: Making Intentional Decisions When Faced with Social Influence

By Asha Ellison 01/23/2018 | General

When I think of all the things that have significantly impacted my life, peer pressure is at the bottom of the list. I have always been a pretty strong-minded and self-sufficient person but, when I initially sat down to think about just how little an impact peer pressure has had on my life, it was a little alarming. 

“Surely, this can’t be normal,” I thought to myself.

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Self-Care Isn't Selfish

By Liz Wian 12/21/2017 | General

When I was younger, flying cross-country was an ordinary experience; my dad lived in California and I lived with my mom in North Carolina. I remember at a very young age, sitting on the plane with my CD Walkman and favorite stuffed animal in tow, attentively listening to every word the flight attendant said prior to takeoff. I made note of the emergency exists he pointed out and lifted my seat to see if it truly could become a floatation device. Then, I heard him instruct us to do something that seemed completely incorrect: the adult passengers were told to put on their own oxygen masks before assisting children or other people with theirs.  

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Using Gift Giving as an Opportunity to Connect

By Heather Pressley, PhD 11/30/2017 | General

Gifts are expressions of love and hopefully connection. All of us want more opportunities to connect with our families, grow closer and learn more about each other. Let’s use this time as a way to introduce our authentically unique children to our families and vice versa.

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How I'm Building Trust with My Teenage Daughters

By Mandy Murphy 11/29/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Navigating a sustained connection with my teenage girls is proving to be more challenging than I anticipated! I am being led to dig a little deeper into my understanding of relationships, boundaries and communication – all areas I have formally and casually studied. In this messy time, I have felt a wide range of emotions and make sense of it all by telling myself things from “this is a natural part of their development and the evolution of our relationship” to “I am doing something completely wrong.” In short, I have often found myself bewildered, but do find comfort in knowing that I am not alone as I am learning that this is a common experience of mothers of teenage girls. 

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How You Can Use Instagram to Empower Your Daughter

By Jessica Thiefels 10/25/2017 | General

Instagram can cause anxiety and stress for you as a mom, even more so for your daughter, who’s growing up in a judgmental, image-centric society. The reality is, she’ll probably find a way to use it, whether you want her to or not.


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Seven Tips for Getting Your Kid to Put Their Phone Away and Be Active

By Heather Pressley, PhD 10/24/2017 | Wellness Tips

Technology is an enormous part of kids’ lives today and, while it has many benefits, the negative effects include increased sedentary behavior and a decreased physical activity. In many schools, children are using laptops or other electronic devices for most of the day and kids continue to get smartphones at a younger age.

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How Can I Help My Daughter Have a Healthy Body Image?

By Heather Pressley, PhD 10/24/2017 | Wellness Tips

Raising a girl with a healthy body image is complicated but worth it. If she can be free of limiting, external expectations about her body, then she can be free to truly be herself and free to truly pursue her potential. 

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Self-Love Starts with Liking Yourself

By Michelle Barichello 10/16/2017 | Wellness Tips

Self-love begins with liking yourself, and this only gets harder as we become adults. Let’s encourage girls to see the beauty of hanging out with themselves now so they’ll become their own best friends for life.

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Five Ways to Teach Kids to Value Improvement Over Winning

By Allison Riley, PhD 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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Five Questions to Consider When Signing Your Child Up for an Afterschool Program

By Allison Riley, PhD 08/14/2017 | General

Over the course of a typical school year there are around 525 hours between 3:00 and 6:00 pm. As an afterschool professional with over ten years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating out-of-school time programs, I’ve seen the afterschool hours spent in many different ways. I’ve seen youth participate in sports, church programs, tutoring and school-based programs and, as the Senior VP of Programming and Evaluation at Girls on the Run International, I’ve seen girls transform through youth development programs. 

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Kindness is Free!

By Lisa Keller 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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It's Been 40 Years Since Title IX but There’s Still More Work to Be Done

By Heather Pressley, PhD 06/22/2017 | General

I was a child in the 70s and Title IX didn’t mean anything to me because I had no idea what it was or did, but the law meant something to me in my lived experience: I could play baseball on the boys’ team.  

While most identify Title IX with women in sports, it’s actually an educational amendment that “prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded program or activity.” Under activity is where sport comes in. 

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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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Women Who Wow Us: Kate Parker

By Kenzie Kramer 05/25/2017 | Remarkable! People

When photographer Kate Parker chose twenty images of her daughters for a gallery show, not one of them sold. Now, Parker has created a book out of those photos and more photos showing the true strength and beauty of girls. 

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Working Hard to be Joyful

05/25/2017 | General

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. GOTR staff member Liz Johnson shared her story of how she welcomed more joy into her life. See more Girls on the Run stories here and submit your own story here

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We Should Sweat the Small Stuff

By Heather Pressley, PhD 05/25/2017 | General

The bathtub in our house has been clogged for about a week. So, a couple of days ago, I got out some tools to fix it and started in. My four year old daughter saw me and said, “Let Daddy fix it.” Daddy? Why Daddy? Because it’s a fixing thing? Why not Mommy?

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What is Joy, Really?

By Joy Hartman 04/18/2017 | General

The Girls on the Run mission statement starts with, “We inspire girls to be joyful…” But what is joy, really? Thanks to the movie Inside Out, we may have a pretty adorable image of a spunky, energetic, blue-haired bundle of happiness as a permanent picture of how joy may actually look. But what is joy?

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Five Things to Know Before Your Kid Goes to Camp

By Kenzie Kramer 04/18/2017 | Fun & Games

The end of the school year is just around the corner - which means summer camps will be coming up shortly after! Whether it’s a day camp or sleepover camp, getting everything your child needs in order can be hectic. Help your kid have a great time at camp with these five simple tips.

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The Power of Self-Awareness

By Elizabeth Kunz 02/16/2017 | General

At Girls on the Run, we believe that there is one simple shared reality that all parents and caregivers have. They want the best for their children. This is why Girls on the Run plays such an important role in the communities it serves. We provide a safe, warm and welcoming place for all girls. We don’t tell girls what to think, we inspire them to realize that they are inherently full of potential with significant gifts to reveal to the world. 

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Let Go of the Weight of Judgment

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

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

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Women Who Wow Us: Beatriz and Virginia Lozano

By Kenzie Kramer 01/24/2017 | Remarkable! People

Growing up, Beatriz and Virginia Lozano rarely saw themselves reflected in their history books. The sisters are now changing the narative of history classes by creating resources for kids that show women's impact on U.S. history and engaging students through games and other interactive learning tools.

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Girls on the Run Didn't Make My Daughter Love Running, but It Did Shape Her Soul

By Jennifer Borch 01/04/2017 | General

When I signed up to coach Girls on the Run nine years ago, I fantasized about the running bond I would develop with my daughter. My back-of-the-pack rebel walker would have none of it. Girls on the Run may not have sold my daughter on running, but it shaped her soul.

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8 Things You Should Know When Preparing for Your First 5K

01/04/2017 | Wellness Tips

Running your first 5K can be an intimidating goal for girls and adults alike. Each year, thousands of Girls on the Run participants cross the finish line of their first 5K event. Along with the girls who are completing their first 5K, many of the running buddies who are with them are also accomplishing their goal of running a 5K!

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Gratitude on the Run

By Jennifer Helfrich 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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How to Encourage Girls to Go After Their Dreams

By Brittney Storm Rankin 11/07/2016 | General

We all want the girls in our lives go after their dreams, but the media, our celebrity culture and social media can send mixed messages that affect their confidence. Here are some tips to encourage your daughter, granddaughter, niece, younger sister or any girl you know to have the confidence to work toward her goals. 

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Protect and Empower

By Heather Pressley, PhD 10/26/2016 | General

Parenting is a constant pull between protecting and empowering. Just like our program teaches, I want our daughter to be confident (but not too), competent (in things that matter), caring (but have boundaries), connected (to good and supportive people), show character (especially when it’s hard) and above all live a life that contributes to the world in a meaningful positive way. She’s 3½. Yes, a tall order.

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Healthy Family Traditions to Start This Fall

By Brittney Storm Rankin 10/17/2016 | Fun & Games

Take advantage of autumn's crisp temperatures and bright blue skies by participating in healthy activities with your family and friends. Think outside your normal routine to create meaningful traditions, reduce stress and get a fresh perspective on life.

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How to Raise a Strong Woman

By Ana-Maria Temple, MD 10/11/2016 | General

Over the past 15 years since having my daughter Allie, I have worked hard to raise a strong woman; a woman who can see past the negativity and unrealistic expectations that come with life.  In teen world, the unending effort to fit in, to be noticed and to be liked can quickly change into a vortex of self-doubt and negativity. In adult world, the buzz words in female circles are perfection, work-life balance, doing it all and having it all which result in a very daunting outlook for a young girl. So here are ten ways I’m working to raise a strong woman:

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5 DIY Halloween Costumes That Kids Can Make

By Kenzie Kramer 10/11/2016 | Fun & Games

At each Girls on the Run practice, I try to ask each girl on my team at least one question about what’s going on in their life. “How was school today?” and “Did you do anything fun this weekend?” tend to elicit one-word answers from some girls but last week, my most recent line of questions about Halloween had even the quieter girls on my team eager to share. Each girl that I talked to told me about all of the details of their costume and why they chose the costume that they did. I learned about their favorite book characters, people they admire and how cool zombies are among some third grade girls. 

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Five Tips for Raising an Emotionally Strong Girl

By Joy Hartman 10/06/2016 | Wellness Tips

We seem to have measurements for everything these days. In the first seconds of life, our kids’ physical health is measured with weight and length. In schools, we have standardized tests and grades to measure our kid’s academic strengths.  But how can we measure our kid’s emotional strength? 

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Three Tips for a Healthy Fall

By Francine Labiran 10/04/2016 | Wellness Tips

Fall is here, and that means cooler weather, cozy sweaters, changing colors, and a great time to revamp your healthy lifestyle! These three tips will have you feeling great throughout the entire season and help make this your best fall yet.

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Banana Nice Cream

By Hilliary Meisner 09/27/2016 | Wellness Tips

As the days begin to get shorter, and the nights a bit cooler I find myself grasping to all things summer!  While fall is one of my favorite times of year, I have to say it is sad to see summer come to an end.  So in an effort to hold onto summer for as long as I can, I thought I would share with you one of my favorite warm weather treats! 

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The Relentless Search

By Mandy Murphy 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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Daring to Be Different

By Ana-Maria Temple, MD 09/12/2016 | General

I am proud of my life.  I have a successful career and a wonderful family. It's a good life. Getting here wasn't a piece of cake, however. There is a backstory that exemplifies my favorite mantra: You can start late, be different, be uncertain, and still succeed.

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A Serendipitous Tale

By Jennifer Helfrich 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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Make a Commitment to Find Your True Identity

By Diana Patton 09/12/2016 | Remarkable! People

Running provided the perfect escape from the nonstop chaos that swirled inside of my life while growing up. The more I ran, the clearer I became. The solitude of working through my thoughts allowed me to take my dreams to action. Now, running helps me encourage and inspire women to push past abuse, adversities and challenges as a full-time inspirational speaker.  

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Is Your Tween Ready for School?

By Joy Hartman 08/24/2016 | Heart & Sole

School supplies? Check. Class schedule. Done. First day of school outfit. Yep. What else? As much as your daughter will tell you she will have everything she could possibly need after a quick trip to the mall to stock up on all of the latest fall fashions, we all know deep down there is so much more she is going to need to prepare for school. Middle school can be a difficult time with changing friendship dynamics. How can you prepare them for that? It’s easier than you think! Hang in here for a second. 

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Finding Strength in Connectedness

By Kenzie Kramer 08/17/2016 | Remarkable! People

When Girls on the Run of Gaston County Executive Director Kathleen Boyce started working with Girls on the Run, she was seeking more meaningful work and an opportunity to give back to her community. While she was inspiring girls in her community to be joyful, healthy and confident, Kathleen was also raising her own four daughters, each of whom have impacted Girls on the Run in their own way.

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Do’s and Don’ts for Prepping for Back to School Season

By Risa Barash 08/16/2016 | General

With two school aged kids and a successful business to run, Risa Barash is not immune to the back to school prep work blues. Risa shares her tips for an easy back to school transition.

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Empowering Girls to Take Care of Themselves and Each Other

By Heather Pressley, PhD 08/09/2016 | Heart & Sole

Let’s face it. Very few people view adolescence positively. It’s seen as something to just get through. Teens are depicted as turning away from adults and toward negative peer groups, making rash decisions and acting impulsively. Adolescence is negatively portrayed in the media, especially when it comes to girls. The mean girl persona permeates social media, music and movies. 

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What We Tell Ourselves Matters

By Kira Montuori 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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Help Your Girl Keep Learning This Summer

By Kenzie Kramer 07/18/2016 | Heart & Sole

Summer vacation is intended to be a break from classes but that doesn’t mean that your child’s learning has to go on a hiatus. In the Girls on the Run middle school program Heart & Sole, girls learn about the importance of balancing what is called their Girl Wheel - made up of brain, heart, social, body and spirit. To nurture our all-around wellness, it’s important to maintain all parts of our Girl Wheel, even when school is not in session!

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe

By Hilliary Meisner 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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Soak Up Summer with GOTR Bingo

By Jami Bunton 07/13/2016 | Fun & Games

Summer is in full swing, and although your kids are excited to not be in school, “I’m bored” may be a commonly heard phrase. Even with the endless possibilities of fun activities, sometimes it can be hard to think of something to do–especially with so much more time to fill! 

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How Your Family Can Give Back This Summer

By Kenzie Kramer 07/12/2016 | Giving Back

When you think of summer, it’s likely that ideas of relaxing and taking things easy come to mind. While nurturing your emotional wellness is crucial, the laid back schedule and extra time means that summer can also be a great time to give back. At Girls on the Run, we teach girls the value of contributing to their communities and having a positive impact on others and this summer we’re encouraging you to gather your family and friends to work together on a way to impact your community.

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Stop. Breathe. Think… to Calm the Storm

By Kira Montuori 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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GOTR Girls Give Back

By Kenzie Kramer 06/09/2016 | Giving Back

This season, Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole girls completed over 8,100 projects across the country to help people in their community be joyful, healthy and confident! Here are just a few of the remarkable ways that girls contributed.

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Get Your Daily Dose

By Kira Montuori 05/16/2016 | Wellness Tips

I don't like taking medicine.  My go-to remedies of choice are sleep and exercise.  When I'm out of balance with either… well, it's not so pretty.  

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What Is the Best Exercise for Girls?

By Joy Hartman 05/09/2016 | Announcements

You might think the answer is running since you are reading the Girls on the Run blog. It’s not. Could it be swimming, soccer, tennis, volleyball? Nope. Well, not really nope. More like all of the above. Don’t you hate trick questions? The real answer is play. 

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Zucchini Muffins

By Hilliary Meisner 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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Women Who Wow Us: Erin Bried

By Kenzie Kramer 04/12/2016 | Remarkable! People

When former magazine editor Erin Bried searched newsstands for a publication that her young daughter could enjoy, she was disappointed in what she discovered. Bried was hoping to see stories that would grow her five-year-old's curiosity but instead she came across articles about growing her hair. Determined to provide girls with media that helps them develop their interests and talents, Bried is using her 16 years of editorial experirence at SELF, Glamour and Women's Sports & Fitness toward starting her own magazine, Kazoo.

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Help Your Girl Get the Most Out of Her Girls on the Run Experience

By Caroline Holbrook 04/06/2016 | General

Supporting your GOTR girl while sharing and encouraging some of the strategies listed below can help make sure her experience is a memorable one. 

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Make-Your-Own Pizza Night

By Hilliary Meisner 03/04/2016 | Fun & Games

Some of my best memories with my family and friends have happened in the kitchen or at the dinner table enjoying a great meal and conversation.  Food brings people together and that is one of the main reasons I enjoy cooking so much. At Girls on the Run, one of the 5 Cs we learn about is connection, and the importance of connecting with others.  As I mentioned above, food brings people together so today I am going to share my ideas, tips and tricks for throwing a build-your-own pizza night for your family and friends.  Because life is all about connecting with others!

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The Race That Matters

By Kira Montuori 03/01/2016 | Wellness Tips

The other day my daughter asked if she could get a Fitbit. In my head I rattled off 28 reasons why this is a 'FO SHO NO'.  But don’t get me wrong, I think they’re great.  I have one. I'm not opposed to my daughter seeking to achieve, win, succeed and rise above.  In fact, I strongly and consistently encourage her to do so. I do, though, have deep reservations of doing so at the cost of a friendship. 

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5 Instagrammers You'll be Glad Your Teenager is Following

By Kenzie Kramer 02/03/2016 | Heart & Sole

Selfies, filters and Emjois are the new norm for today's teenagers. Despite the bad reputation that social media has earned, it can also provide an opportunity for girls to seek out positive messages and expand their worldview.

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Active Cures for Cabin Fever

By Val Newcomb 02/03/2016 | Fun & Games

Get your family up and moving even on the dreariest of days! Together Counts, our National Alliance, shares four ways to banish the phrase "I'm bored!" from your next snow day. 

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

By Hilliary Meisner 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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#WearWhiteInWinter

By Carrie Hanson 12/07/2015 | General

A 10-year-old GOTR girl helps her mom learn a lesson about confidence and fashion. 

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Tips for a Healthier Halloween

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

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

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5 Tips to Extend Education Outside the Classroom

By Kara Deschenes 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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10 Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

By Brittney Storm Rankin 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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Creative Ways to Help Your Child Express Herself

By Brittney Storm Rankin 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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Have the Best School Year Yet!

By Brittney Storm Rankin 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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Make Running a Family Sport

By Kara Deschenes 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 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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Healthy Snacks for Kids

By Jessica Willard 08/18/2015 | Wellness Tips

Snacking can help kids maintain their energy, provide fuel for after-school activities and fill in the nutrition gaps of their diets. While it may seem convenient to parents to stock up on multi-packs of packaged potato chips or sugary candy, opt instead for wholesome snacks which give your child the nutrition her developing body needs.

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Pointers from the Program: The Whole Girl

By Heather Pressley, PhD 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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Running With My Daughter

By Patrick Callahan 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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Pointers from the Program: Let’s Rethink Adolescence

By Heather Pressley, PhD 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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How to Talk to Your Girl About Difficult Events

By Michelle Klavohn 09/09/2014 | General

It can be tricky to navigate conversations about sensitive issues. A traumatic event like 9/11. A death in the family. Parents splitting up. These events are hard to discuss with children for a number of reasons, but it's an important part of nurturing their growth. These guidelines might help you find a sense of direction for approaching difficult subjects.

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