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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 Remarkable Women Who Are Defining Beauty on Their Own Terms

By Kenzie Kramer 09/01/2017 | Remarkable! People

How do you define beauty? Each Girls on the Run season, girls are asked to share what they think beauty means. After talking through their initial responses about outer beauty (“My babysitter is beautiful because she looks like Cinderalla!”), girls are asked to think about what characteristics make up inner beauty. Oftentimes, girls know what inner beauty means and their responses include someone who treats others with kindness, is brave, or isn’t afraid to be themselves. Now, more than ever, girls have opportunities to see women who stand up to beauty norms and celebrate what makes them different.

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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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Measuring the Remarkable Impact of Girls on the Run

By Elizabeth Kunz 08/14/2017 | Announcements

In 2016, Girls on the Run commissioned an external, independent study to evaluate the impact of program participation.  The third-party study was led by Dr. Maureen (Mo) Weiss, a Professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Child Development, at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Weiss and her team used a rigorous approach to evaluate the effectiveness of Girls on the Run on positive youth development

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Standing Together to Support All Girls

By Heather Pressley, PhD 08/09/2017 | General

Girl Squad. Stand Together. Build each other up. Positive mindset. These are what Girls on the Run is all about. Sometimes, because of our name, people see us as “only” a running program but Girls on the Run is so much more than that!

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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 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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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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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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Five Mantras to Help You Activate Your Limitless Potential

By Kenzie Kramer 06/14/2017 | Fun & Games

During each Girls on the Run season, GOTR girls learn about the power of positive self-talk. Through lessons lead by volunteer coaches, girls discuss how they can turn negative thoughts into positive messages and use these messages to keep them motivated was they work toward their goals.

Do you have a goal in mind that you're trying to reach? Keep these positive messages in mind to help you activate your limitless potential and achieve what you're working toward.

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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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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 Judgement

By Kira Montuori 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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Girls on the Run Advocate Leaves a Legacy of Courage

By Kenzie Kramer 01/26/2017 | Remarkable! People

Girls on the Run San Diego board member and coach Monika Allen was best known for her colorful tutus, even more vibrant personality, and courage throughout her battle with brain cancer. 

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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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Lessons That Last a Lifetime

By Cammy Nelson 01/04/2017 | General

It’s easy to become an adult and forget the lessons learned in GOTR. It’s safe to lean into fear and step back when I’m nervous or when I start to doubt my own abilities.  Then I remind myself that it’s all about baby steps.

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10 of Our Favorite Things That Happened in 2016

By Kenzie Kramer 12/21/2016 | General

2016 has been a big year for Girls on the Run! This year, we served nearly 200,000 girls, completed over 11,000 Community Impact Projects and were able to provide almost 44 percent of program participants with scholarships!

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There Is No Better Friend Than a Sister

By Camille Grimsley 12/14/2016 | General

My experience in a sorority and at Girls on the Run taught me that sisterhood is not exclusive to biology or any one particular group. Sisterhood is everywhere.

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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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Girls on the Run Changes the Lives of Adults, Too

By Hana Bieliauskas 11/15/2016 | Giving Back

When you make even a small impact on the life of one girl, your whole world changes. Having served as a Head Coach, 5K Marketing Chair and now as a Board member for Girls on the Run, in two very different geographic locations, I’ve found that young girls everywhere share the same curiosity, drive, honesty and eagerness to learn and discover—and some girls and experiences will leave a mark forever. 

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Have You Heard of the Chicken Run?

By Sydney Mack 11/07/2016 | General

A Girls on the Run coach shares how finding our true identities is a journey that lasts long past adolescence. 

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Finding My Passion Through Girls on the Run

By Whitney Cipolla 11/07/2016 | Remarkable! People

Girls on the Run helped me realize as a college student that I wanted to continue to work with youth to help kids reach their full potential.

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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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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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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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What Is a Day at The White House Without a GOTR Cape?

By Carrie Johnson 09/27/2016 | Announcements

When we had the chance to attend a summit about Trauma-Informed Approaches in School: Supporting Girls of Color and Rethinking Discipline last week, we said “yes”!

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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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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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Dropping the Pressure to Do Big

By Mandy Murphy 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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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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"Raise Your Hand If You Think You're Beautiful"

By Robin Sizemore 04/13/2016 | General

A Girls on the Run coach shares her experience of spending a season with her team and helping the girls to recognize their strengths and beauty. 

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Put It in the Pavement

By Kira Montuori 04/07/2016 | General

In the almost 18 years from that time, I’ve run a lot.  I still get nervous for long runs and so far I've survived all of them (Please note: Survived does not necessarily mean completed) And the running has taught me a lot along the way. To be honest, I don’t love running.  In fact, most times I’d rather do anything else.  But I’ve learned that running is good for me.  

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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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Bloom Where You Are: The Importance of Boundaries

By Mandy Murphy 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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Girls on the Run Changed My Perspective on Life

By Anna S. 02/29/2016 | General

No one is alone in the battle that is life. No one, I promise you. But I must admit that I didn’t fully understand that my whole life. I was quiet and sometimes lonely. I wasn’t alone, but I didn’t realize it. Not until I joined Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run changed my perspective on life.

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Thankful for My Running Shoes

By Caroline Holbrook 01/18/2016 | General

Girls on the Run didn’t just give me a twelve week program, a cool t-shirt, or a couple new friends; it gave me a new outlook on taking care of myself, and what that means mentally and physically.

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A First-Time Coach's Journey

By Lena Estey 01/14/2016 | General

Coach Lena shares how her GOTR season helped her to embrace love in her life. 

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How You Helped Us Make An Impact in 2015!

By Suzanna McCloskey 12/17/2015 | General

Thanks to our generous supporters, Girls on the Run was able to accomplish several key initiatives this year that allow us to reach more girls from coast to coast. We served our 1 millionth girl, launched our new middle school program — Heart & Sole — and created the GOTR Giving Platform for peer-to-peer fundraising.

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

By Jeff Masilun 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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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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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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One-in-a-Million: Jess Weiner

By Suzanna McCloskey 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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The Things We Say

By Celi Merchant 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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