Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing the program to ALL girls that want to participate. We will not turn any girl away because of inability to pay the registration fee so 100% all donations go directly to scholarships for economically disadvantaged girls.
Some Sad Facts For Today’s Girls:
- Three million young Americans seriously considered suicide in 2000 and of those, over 1 million tried to kill themselves.
- Girls were twice as likely as boys to report contemplating suicide.
- Body dissatisfaction and dietary restraints are predictors of depression in girls.
- Almost two-thirds of girls in 5th-12th grades are dissatisfied with their body shape and want to lose weight.
- Girls as young as 5 form negative self-images based on their weight.
If You Want To Help Change That, Here’s Some Good News:
- Girls who participate in physical activities are 40% less likely to smoke, have higher levels of self-esteem, better body images, and lower levels of depression.
- Girls who have experienced emotional trauma respond positively to physical fitness programs.
- Girls who participate in physical activities are less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior during adolescence.
- Girls who participate in physical exercise have better relationships with parents, get better grades, are less likely to use drugs and are less depressed than girls who don’t.
And The Best News…If She’s Involved With Girls On The Run:
- she has higher self-esteem;**
- she has improved eating attitudes;**
- she has an improved body image;** and
- she has a positive peer group and positive role models for her future.
**According to research conducted by Dr. Rita DeBate, Ph.D., MPH, CHES, assistant professor in the department of Health Behavior at UNC-Charlotte, the Girls on the Run Curricula improve girls self-esteem, body image and eating attitudes to a “statistically significant” extent.
How to Donate
Donate online here.
Send your donation to the Girls on the Run Office
PO Box 6812
Boise, ID 83707