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What a Mirror Really Shows

11/26/2018 | Coach's Corner

My story begins with my friends that coached for Girls on the Run. For several years, they mentioned that I should coach as well. All I knew about it was the name – and the name intimidated me, because I am basically the opposite of a runner. Don’t get me wrong, I am athletic, but running for the sake of running has never interested me. How could I coach girls to do something I had no interest in? Little did I know, this program is about SO much more than running a 5K. 

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How Gratitude Transcends the Holiday Season

By Asha Ellison 11/21/2018 | General

As the end of the year quickly approaches, it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. As we find ourselves juggling jam-packed social schedules, hurrying to finalize projects at work and staring down, what seems to be, unrelenting pressure to manage all of our responsibilities, we often forget to stop and practice gratitude.

That’s right: gratitude.

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What Makes You Happy?

By Monica Fragale 11/09/2018 | Coach's Corner

For me, the answer is simple and something I never would have expected.

 
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Inspiring GOTR Girls to Go the Distance

By Kelly Frazee 10/29/2018 | Coach's Corner

As GOTR coaches, we’ve all been there: It’s a few weeks into your season, the amount of time spent running is increasing, and you start to hear, “Do I realllyyyyy have to run today?”

Even the most confident girls can feel overwhelmed by a long-distance run. So, how do we motivate the girls to run or “walk with a purpose”, as I like to say, when that’s the last thing on their mind? Keep reading for ideas to help your girls overcome their resistance to running!

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Living Well: Yoga for Runners

By Nina Yu 09/26/2018 | Wellness Tips

National Women's Health and Fitness Day provided a wonderful opportunity to jump-start a yoga practice and add yoga to any running routine! Targeted yoga poses can stretch and strengthen the muscles used during a run, as well as those muscles that aren’t activated much when running. Yoga can also increase flexibility and improve range of motion. Try incorporating yoga before or after a run to warm your body up -- or to cool it down!

In this article, you will find great yoga poses to incorporate into your physical activity routine.

 

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7 Ways to Achieve Back-to-School Bliss

By Emma Davis 08/22/2018 | GOTR Picks

It’s August and many children have returned to school. If your children haven't yet done so, soon you will be getting kids on the bus, packing lunches and ensuring homework is done on time. So how do you transition from fun in the sun to a structured school routine? These tips can help!

 
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5 Ways to Beat the Heat and Conquer the Run

By Emma Davis 08/01/2018 | Wellness Tips

Although fall is quickly approaching, in many places it’s still hot, humid and so bright outside that finding motivation to get outdoors seems to be in short supply. When it comes to running, these are not exactly the weather conditions that encourage you to take on an aerobic trek. So how does one stay motivated to run and beat the heat? There are a few ways to power through it!

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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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Five Ways to Make Your Team’s Practice 5K Memorable

By Kenzie Kramer 04/17/2018 | Fun & Games

Hair coloring, face painting, dancing, cheer stations – each Girls on the Run 5K event is packed with motivating moments that remind girls they’ve put in the work and are ready to complete their first 5K! But before girls get to the start line, they have a ten-week season with twenty practices where they run, learn new skills and grow as a team, including one practice where they complete a practice 5K to prepare for their big culminating event.

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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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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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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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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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Take Care of Your Body With These 6 Quick Warm-Ups and Cool Downs

07/27/2017 | Wellness Tips

For most of us, squeezing in time to do something good for our bodies each day can be a challenge and when you’re tight on time, the first things that typically get cut are the warm-up and cool down. Getting your body loosened up and giving it time to slow down gradually are crucial for taking care of your muscles! Give your body a little extra love by adding one of these quick and easy pre- and post-workout routines to your next run.

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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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Can Someone Please Explain to Me What Girly Means?

By Kenzie Kramer 06/20/2017 | General

In my spare time, I work at a yoga studio where I clean, organize things and jam out to music between classes. Last week, while I was folding clean towels, a sweaty man came out of his yoga class and greeted me with a nod. After setting his yoga blocks on the counter, he took a big swig of water and let out an exhausted breath. Putting on my customer service hat, I asked him how his class was. His response: “You know, that class is pretty girly but it is tough!” 

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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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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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Ten Mantras to Get You Through a Difficult Run

By Kenzie Kramer 03/21/2017 | Wellness Tips

When training for a race or another event, have you ever had the experience where completing a certain distance feels like an effortless walk in the park, but the next day the same distance feels like running up a mountain in a hail storm? During Girls on the Run, girls learn about the power of positive self-talk and how telling ourselves positive affirmations can help us in difficult situations. For those days when it feels like you're running through a hail storm, channel positive self-talk by having a mantra - something to repeatedly tell yourself to encourage you to keep going. 

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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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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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Meet the ASICS Athletes Positively Impacting Communities

10/26/2016 | Remarkable! People

During each Girls on the Run season, girls learn the importance of building relationships with people who support their goals and ambitions, much like the Girls on the Run national partners like ASICS. Not only does ASICS support the Girls on the Run mission of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident – but their athletes do too! During Girls on the Run, girls learn about being grateful for all that they have and about the importance of contributing to their communities. Keep reading to learn more about ASICS athletes’ passion for giving back to their communities and see what ASICS and Girls on the Run are up to next!

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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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GOTR Girls Invited to Meet Bestselling Author

09/01/2016 | Announcements

Big or small, everyone has struggled to find their place at some point. In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner’s new book The Littlest Bigfoot, self-conscious Alice Mayfair is having trouble finding a support system after starting at yet another new school. Alice finds a friend in Millie Maximus, a Bigfoot who is fascinated by humans and is hopeful that they’ll accept her fearless nature and yearning to be a star. 

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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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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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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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Five Reasons You Should Coach for Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer 06/23/2016 | Giving Back

When I was asked if I would coach my first Girls on the Run team this past season, I didn’t know what to expect but I was pretty excited about getting a shirt that said “Coach” across the back. Aside from the apparel, there are many other great reasons to coach for GOTR. Here are just a few. 

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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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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Post-Run Smoothie Recipe

By Hilliary Meisner 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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Women Who Wow Us: Jamie Brown

By Kenzie Kramer 05/20/2016 | Remarkable! People

Jamie Brown has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. What started with her childhood lemonade stands has grown into starting a book series that encourages kids to recognize their potential and use their creativity to positively influence the world around them. Learn more about Bea is for Business and how Jamie is inspiring the next generation of go-getters. 

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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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5 Free Apps for Runners to Try

By Kenzie Kramer 03/25/2016 | GOTR Picks

Technology and added screen time are usually seen as inhibitors for healthy habits. However, that's not always the case! With the help of a few free apps, your smart phone can help you lead a more active lifestyle and encourage you to push yourself further and faster on your next run. 

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4 Motivating Videos to Start Your Morning Off Right

By Kenzie Kramer 03/08/2016 | GOTR Picks

One of our core values at Girls on the Run is to nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health. If you're not a morning person, the blaring sound of your alarm is oftentimes the low of your day and can throw you into a bad mood. Start out your day by checking in on your emotional health and set yourself up for a successful day by watching one of these motivating videos first thing in the a.m. Most of them take up less time than making your pot of coffee!

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Winter Running Tips

By Kenzie Kramer 02/12/2016 | Wellness Tips

With winter's chilly temps and short days, it's tempting to pass up running in exchange for a cozy blanket and couch time. As we all know, exercise is key for overall well-being and running is a great way to get up and get moving. To help make getting outdoors feel more doable, we talked to four running bloggers about their must-know tips for wintertime running. 

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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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Fueling our Healthy Pace - Post-5k Chili

By Hilliary Meisner 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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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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Get Ready for Fall Running with these 6 Tips

By Kara Deschenes 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 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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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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One in a Million: Jessica Leonard

By Suzanna McCloskey 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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Girl Up Leadership Summit: Stand up. Speak up. Rise up.

By Suzanna McCloskey 05/22/2015 | Announcements

Three days. 225 participants. One life-changing opportunity. From July 13-15, join Girl Up in Washington, D.C., for the fourth annual Girl Up Leadership Summit! Registration is now open for this unique opportunity to build your leadership and advocacy skills while connecting with young leaders from across the country and around the world.

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Wellness Tip: Run-Day Pointers

By Pamela Young 04/23/2015 | Wellness Tips

Girls on the Run uses running as a learning tool and a way for girls to experience that big things are possible when you keep moving forward. Not surprisingly many of our coaches, volunteers, supporters and staff find empowerment in running as well. For this month’s Wellness Tip, we asked some of the avid runners on our staff to share the go-to techniques they use immediately preceding and following a run.

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