Girls on the Run inspires local young ladies

February 9, 2013 by  

The newly-launched Nassau branch of ‘Girls on the Run’ presents an opportunity for a more established runner to participate in the program by becoming a volunteer. This is an altogether great opportunity for people who want to become more involved in the community and help shape the lives of girls in Nassau and the surrounding area.

Hoping to take Hewlett and Nassau County by storm, the non-profit organization seeks to establish programs encouraging self-respect, healthy living, and social awareness alongside running sessions. The program is aimed towards girls in their preteen years.

The international organization is led by volunteers who have been trained by Girls on the Run to address age-appropriate issues that girls face, not only with regards to their own health, but also in society at large, such as bullying, body image, and gossiping. Meetings consist of running games, group workouts, and lessons. Girls also are required to take on a community service project of their own to find out what great opportunities are available to them. The 10-week program culminates in a five kilometer race to illustrate that they are capable of achieving their goals.

The program has been heralded as a breakthrough in building self-esteem in a variety of media, including television and in periodicals. Print companies and magazines such as Redbook, Southern Living, Shape Magazine, and O have featured Girls on the Run.

For more information, or to enroll somebody in the program, visit the group’s new Nassau website.