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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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How GOTR Girls Gave Back This Spring

By Asha Ellison 06/15/2018 | Giving Back

Each season, GOTR girls make a positive contribution to the communities they call home through community service. Girls are given the chance to plan a Community Impact Project which provides them an opportunity to recognize the power and potential they have to make an impact on their neighbors, and neighborhoods, all around the world. From gardening at their schools to helping the homeless, GOTR girls made impressive strides during this season.

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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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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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7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

By Asha Ellison 04/19/2018 | General

We love Earth Day! For us, it’s a day where we can go outside and appreciate Mother Nature. After all, she has been incredible to us humans – providing us with natural food, shelter, beautiful scenery, animals and so much more.

 
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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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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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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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At Seven Years Old, This Girls is Already Helping All Girls Be Joyful, Healthy and Confident!

By Kenzie Kramer 10/05/2017 | Remarkable! People

At Girls on the Run, we believe you’re never too young to make an impact! Emelie, a seven-year-old future GOTR girl in New Jersey, has already gotten a start on giving back to her community - hosting two lemonade stands raising over $700 to support Girls on the Run New Jersey East!

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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 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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Three Team Unity Items Your GOTR Team Will Love

By Kenzie Kramer 03/21/2017 | Fun & Games

Throughout the ten-week Girls on the Run program, girls develop a stronger sense of self, learn to show care toward others and give back to their communities, all while working toward their goal of completing a 5K! To celebrate the connections made with teammates, many Girls on the Run teams wear a special unity item to their 5K event. 

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Five Fun Lap Counter Ideas for Your Girls on the Run Season

By Kenzie Kramer 02/21/2017 | GOTR Picks

We all need a little extra motivation sometimes! To help girls track how many laps they’ve run and to encourage them to push themselves, Girls on the Run coaches can have girls write check marks on their arms with washable markers or hand out a small item after each lap. Here are just a few of the creative ways we’ve seen coaches help their girls track their progress.

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Printable Signs to Cheer on Your GOTR Girl During 5K Day

By Kenzie Kramer 11/15/2016 | Fun & Games

A Girls on the Run 5K event is a celebration like no other running event! Each 3.1 mile fun run brings together girls from different schools, their families and community members for an exciting day of big accomplishments. For many participants, these events are the first 5K that they’ve been a part of! If you know a girl participating in an upcoming Girls on the Run 5K, come out and show your support for her goals with one of these printable cheer signs. 

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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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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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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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Uncover a Challenge in This Throwback Playground Game

By Kenzie Kramer 09/27/2016 | Fun & Games

During Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole practices, girls participate in lessons that help them grow and develop new skills that help them outside of the programs. These skills include showing gratitude, ways to manage stress and practicing positive self-talk. At the end of each lesson, girls are encouraged to apply what they learned to situations outside of practice. Think you're up for a Girls on the Run challenge? 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Three Fun DIYs for 5k Day

By Kenzie Kramer 04/15/2016 | Fun & Games

At Girls on the Run 5ks, participants are encouraged to embrace the motto "Girls on the Run is so much fun!" with their attire. Teams from different program sites bond together through a team unity item that they wear during the event and girls can prepare for the event with their own goofy attire. Whether girls prefer fluffy tutus or sporty sweatbands, the 5k day gives them a chance to express themselves through their own outfits and connect with their team through a unity item.

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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 Random Acts of Kindness That You Can Do Today

By Kenzie Kramer 02/17/2016 | Giving Back

One of our GOTR core values is to express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions and although we think that every day is a great day for spreading joy, February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. Random Acts of Kindness focuses on the little things that we can do throughout our day that can have a big impact on other people's lives. Something as simple as holding the door open for a stranger can have a positive impact on spreading kindness in your community. 

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Printable Valentines Your Friends Will Love

By Kenzie Kramer 02/09/2016 | Fun & Games

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and although the holiday's focus is typically on romantic love, it can also serve as a reminder to recognize all types of love in our lives including family and friends. At Girls on the Run, we encourage girls to express joy, optimism and gratitude through their words, thoughts and actions and for this February 14th, we're inviting you to as well!

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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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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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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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Summer Reading

By Amy Ellrod 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 Three

By Suzanna McCloskey 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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GOTR Summer: Week Two

By Suzanna McCloskey 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 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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Wellness Tip: Growing Gratitude

By Pamela Young 08/15/2014 | Wellness Tips

Gratitude is good for you. Research shows a direct link between gratitude and happiness, good health and even financial stability. Best yet, gratitude is something you can actively develop. Using a gratitude jar is one simple way to do that. Here’s how it works.

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Activity: GOTR Spirit Coloring - Journaling Sheet

By Celi Merchant 08/15/2014 | Fun & Games

At Girls on the Run, we like to say “our girls say it best!” Here's a GOTR Spirit coloring/journaling sheet to help girls unleash their creativity and express themselves in a fun way.

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