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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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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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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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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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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 gets 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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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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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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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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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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When You Grind, You Shine

By Diana Patton 03/20/2017 | General

Diana Patton shares why it's necessary to put in the hardwork and grind in order to successfully reach your goals. 

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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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“Do What You Can and Never Give Up!”

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

When marathon-runner Cheryl Hile’s neurologist told her to lower her expectations, Cheryl refused to accept the advice. 

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Dreaming Is Imagining Yourself in Other Places

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

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

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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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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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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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Raise Your Hand if You Want a Do Over

By Diana Patton 11/29/2016 | Remarkable! People

We've all had moments in life when we wish we could have a do over. Motivational speaker Diana Patton shares her story of a not-so-best moment and how she's been resilient in pursuing her goals. 

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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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Why It’s Fun, and Valuable, to Get Scrappy

By Natalie Swan 11/29/2016 | Giving Back

While training for the 2015 Chicago Marathon, I chose to fundraise for Girls on the Run. The message of empowering young girls through running spoke to me and I wanted to make a difference. Fundraising proved tough, especially since many of my friends and peers got involved in other organizations trying to accomplish their fundraising goals. Realizing I needed to infuse creative, out-of-the-box thinking, I got together with a best friend of mine.

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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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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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Three Life Lessons Every Woman Can Learn From Girls on the Run

By Francine Labiran 10/12/2016 | General

Girls on the Run empowers young girls and women to be their unique selves, set goals, be confident, and so much more. Although the program includes running, the weekly lessons encourage participants and coaches to recognize their Star Power, build connections and develop healthy habits. I’ve been a coach for the past two years and in that time I’ve had the opportunity to teach (and learn) valuable life lessons from a group of amazing girls and inspiring coaches.

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Changing the Way We Compliment Our Girls

By Cheryl Unterschutz 10/12/2016 | General

Driving to work the other morning I saw a woman standing on the side of the road at the bus stop. She was wearing a beautiful, colorful dress and head scarf. She had a muscular body. My first thought when I saw her was, "She seems like a powerful and strong woman!" Defining what I saw in those terms caught my attention! Normally, when we see women and girls we evaluate them based on their outward appearance. We use terms such as beautiful, pretty, ugly, thin, fat, etc. I have been as guilty as anyone at doing this. 

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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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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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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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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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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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By Kenzie Kramer 08/09/2016 | Wellness Tips

Nothing crushes your motivation to run as much as stepping outside and realizing that the weather is not what you anticipated. When the temperatures rise, so does the temptation to stay inside with the air conditioner on full blast. For tips on how to stay motivated to lace up, we talked to running bloggers for their advice on how they continue to pound the pavement during sweltering summer heat.

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Six Smart Tips to Stay Motivated to Run This Summer

By Kenzie Kramer 08/09/2016 | Wellness Tips

Nothing crushes your motivation to run as much as stepping outside and realizing that the weather is not what you anticipated. When the temperatures rise, so does the temptation to stay inside with the air conditioner on full blast. For tips on how to stay motivated to lace up, we talked to running bloggers about how they continue to pound the pavement during sweltering summer heat.

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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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I'm with Geese

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

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

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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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That Time an Elephant Joined Me for My Run

By Leigh-Ann Mueller 05/25/2016 | Wellness Tips

When the temperature rises, it can feel like a ten ton elephant is weighing you down while you run. Triathlete and coach Leigh-Ann Mueller shares five tips for safely adjusting to warm-weather running. 

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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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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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Women Who Wow Us: Morgan Ovens

By Kenzie Kramer 02/11/2016 | Remarkable! People

Singer and songwriter Morgan Ovens uses her talents to connect with teenagers and encourage them to follow their dreams. Through sharing stories of her own challenges, she inspires self-acceptance and spreads the message of self-worth not stemming from physical appearance. 

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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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25 Ways to Stay Positive Any Day

By Julie Wunder 01/13/2016 | Wellness Tips

So much of our own happiness depends on how we deal with our day-to-day experiences.  Life can be hard, but choosing to stay positive is a key to living a joyful life.  And if you are joyful, that is even more positive energy you can feed back into worthy causes like Girls on the Run!

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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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Wellness Tip: Practicing Joy

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

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

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5 Tips to Extend Education Outside the Classroom

By Kara Deschenes 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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Bloom Where You Are: Flex Your Self Compassion Muscle

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

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

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Get Ready for Fall Running with these 6 Tips

By Kara Deschenes 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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Welcome Back to GOTR!

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

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

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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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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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Transforming the Fitspiration Concept

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

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

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One in a Million: Nancy Green

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

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

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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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One in a Million: Sarah Moshman and Dana Michelle Cook

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

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

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A Message to My 8-Year-Old Self

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

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

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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: Jill Dailey

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

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

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Bloom Where You Are: Who Are You?

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

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

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One-in-a-Million: Renée Trudeau

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

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

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Be The Light

By Hadleigh Painter 02/27/2015 | Remarkable! People

Hadleigh Painter is a 16-year-old Girls on the Run alumna who tours nationally with the Reality Dance Jam Tour. She is their official anti-bullying voice, speaking from the stage at their performances. She's also working to found an anti-bullying nonprofit organization in conjunction with haute couture designer Luis Machicao. We asked Hadleigh to be a guest author, sharing what she says to other teens about bullying.

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

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

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

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One-in-a-Million: Kathrine Switzer

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

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

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Wellness Tip: Fortifying Your Child's Immune System

By Pamela Young 01/23/2015 | Wellness Tips

In the thick of cold and flu season, many of us are breaking out the over-the-counter products that promise to give our immune systems a boost. But what about our kids? How can we put them on the best footing to avoid whatever illness is making its way around the school? Here are seven tips to keep their sick days in check.

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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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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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