Educating and preparing GIRLS for a lifetime of self- respect & healthy living
My daughters have always made me want to be a better person - to set an example for them. I believe the most important job I have is as a mommy --- my life-long passion is to help my daughters make the most of their lives and to discover the beautiful, unique young women that they are meant to be.
As the mother of two little girls, I have an inherent desire and obligation to see that little girls, and young women, are ready to combat the many issues that they will eventually be faced with. My daughters will be exposed to a complexity of challenges at a much younger age than I was. I remember quite clearly how difficult adolescence was for me --- let alone how tough it will be for them. I want to ensure that my daughters (and other adolescent girls) can stand up for themselves and make good choices, in spite of the peer-pressure and negativity that they are sure to experience at some point in their young lives. I want them to be proud of themselves, have a high self-esteem, and be confident in their bodies, thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
Enter: Girls on the Run, Willamette Valley
Girls on the Run® is a non-profit, national program dedicated to educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of self respect and healthy living. It is an innovative health education and wellness program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk event with life-changing, self esteem enhancing lessons that encourage healthy habits and an active lifestyle in 8-12 year old girls.
In a time where younger and younger girls face problems such as depression, suicide, bullying, anorexia, teen-pregnancy, and substance abuse; the age at which these issues must be addressed is also becoming younger. Girls on the Run® encourages positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual, and physical development while training the girls for a 5k run. To prepare for this, the girls learn healthy running & eating habits as well as participating in aerobic workouts to prepare their bodies for the challenge.
In 2010, I made a decision to become actively involved in Girls on the Run®. I am now part of the Girls on the Run® Advisory Board, and am the Financial Chair for Girls on the Run® Willamette Valley. As the program continues to grow and expand to more schools in Benton County, fundraising becomes even more essential. I have devoted financial resources from my Fitness with Amy business to help sponsor Girls on the Run®. The 2nd Saturday of each month, I will donate all proceeds from the Zumba and Sculpt classes I teach to Girls on the Run®. It is a fantastic way for individuals to workout, have fun, and support young girls at the same time!
For information about Girls on the Run®, visit our website at www.girlsontherun.org
Here is Team Franklin, which I sponsored & coached this spring. They were amazing!
Can you guess which one is mine?!