Developing the Whole Girl
Ask a girl who's on a Girls on the Run team why she's participating, and she's likely to respond: "Because it's fun!" But our program is designed to be more than just a fun after-school activity. Our Girls on the RunÂ® curriculum is based on the "Whole Person Concept" which stresses the importance of equally developing the emotional, mental, social and physical aspects of every girl to create a well-balanced, whole person. The lesson plans are designed to encourage exploration, conversation, and of course, physical fitness.
There are a number of studies that support the need for a more holistic program, among the most prominent are:
- A 2006 study from the Girl Scout Research Institute:
"The more physically active girls are, the greater their self-esteem and the more satisfied they are with their weight, regardless of how much they weigh."
- The March 1998 President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Report on Physical Activity & Sport in the Lives of Girls reports:
"Physical activity and sport are not simply things young girls do in addition to the rest of their lives, but rather, they comprise an interdependent set of physiological, psychological and social processes that can influence, and, in varying degrees, sustain girls' growth and development."