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Girls sought for Girls on the Run program

Girls On The Run logo.jpgBOONE – Local girls in grades 3 through 5 are invited to participate in Girls on the Run of the High Country (GOTR), a successful self-esteem building program for pre-adolescents. Registration is now being accepted for spring classes which begin on Feb. 15.

Girls on the Run International, which began in 1996 in Charlotte, is a non-profit prevention program that encourages pre-adolescent girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through physical activity. There are Girls on the Run programs in more than 150 cities in the United States and Canada with over 60,000 participants annually.

Each local group is open to 12 students, who will be enthusiastically coached by trained adult volunteers. The groups will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5:15 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:15 p.m. at the Appalachian Regional Health Care System’s Wellness Center.  The 2010 spring session will operate from Feb. 15 – May 14, and the girls and their running buddies will participate in a 5k run/walk/skip/hop/crawl at the end of the session.

The program’s curriculum and activities will address girls’ physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well-being. Local organizers say they believe the program is important in order for girls to resist peer pressure as they enter middle school and high school.

Girls on the Run of the High Country is made possible by its founding donors including Appalachian State University’s Institute for Health and Human Services, the Be Active-Appalachian Partnership, Appalachian District Health Department, Zap Fitness, the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s Wellness Center, Dianne DaVant and Associates, Chip and Amanda Williamson, Rob and Jackie Dyer of the Best Cellar/Inn at Ragged Gardens, High Country Energy Solutions, the Walter J. Hoyt Family, Mast General Store, John and Faye Cooper, Dentist Office of Mahew, Scheffler, Conn and Hardaway, Gaines Kiker Silversmith/Goldsmith, Jay and Michelle Johnson, Boone Drugs, Inc.

To register or for more information, contact Mary Sheryl Horine at Appalachian’s Institute for Health and Human Services at 828-252-7557 or Learn more about Girls on the Run International at