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Prioritizing Girls’ Health: Girls on the Run

Work, bills, chores, children. #Adulting can be tough some days. Ok…most days.

As grown-ups, we usually long to go back to our carefree childhood. Days when we had no responsibilities and seemed to have no struggles.

But the truth is, being a kid can be tough, too. If you think back, you may remember. Especially those pre-teen and teenage years. Young bodies go through so much during that time. And kids don’t always understand what’s happening. They may not know as much about nutrition and physical exercise. They aren’t sure how to develop a good relationship with their own bodies.

Girls and young women especially struggle with body image issues. These issues only get more pronounced as they grow.

Help your child see how beautiful they are. Help her remain confident throughout her formative years. As a parent or caregiver, you have an opportunity to make the biggest impact on your child. You can affect their mental and emotional wellbeing during challenging developmental years.

Organizations like Girls on the Run® strive to build confidence and character. They do this while incorporating running and physical activities for health.

How Girls on the Run® Makes An Impact

Girls on the Run® is a physical activity-based positive youth development program. It’s designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical skills and behaviors. The goal is to help them successfully navigate life experiences.

The organization works to connect physical and emotional health. The program reaches young girls at a critical stage in life. The program helps girls strengthen their self-confidence and build strong relationships.

The program teaches skills like how to help others, resolve conflict and make good decisions. Participants improve their connection with others and increase physical activity. Overall, the program inspires girls to build healthy habits that last long after they leave.

Why True Lemon Partners with Girls on the Run

True Lemon supports a healthy and happy lifestyle. It can be easy to make good choices with the right tools. And drinking more water is fun with it tastes delicious!

It’s a privilege to create products that help people stay healthy and happy every day. But our commitment is larger than this. We want to extend wellness to the community as a whole. Our partnership with Girls on the Run® allows us to reach children and have a positive impact.

We love helping support the Girls on the Run® mission. It inspires girls to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. Every young girl deserves to know her potential. Every girl should have the tools and ability to embrace life to the fullest!

Tips to help young girls to feel their best.

It’s important to keep healthy hearts, minds and bodies. As we get older, we take behaviors that we’ve learned over the years with us into adulthood. Building healthy habits earlier in life helps us grow emotionally, mentally and physically strong throughout adulthood. Here are a few tips to help grow into a strong and confident adult.

1. Eat healthy. Growing up strong means feeding your body nutrients it needs to take on the challenges it faces. Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies is the perfect start.

Eat a good breakfast so your body is properly fueled. This also make you less likely to overeat later in the day. Swap starchy foods like white bread and rice for whole grains. And it’s OK to have a treat every once in a while! But try to limit excess sugar like cookies, cake and candy.

2. Stay hydrated.

Water is one of the best things you can do for your body. Choosing water over sugary beverages is another great way to cut empty calories and stay healthy. If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try a flavor enhancer! True Lemon drink mixes come in a variety of delicious fruity flavors. You’ll want to drink more and more water every day! And they contain no artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives so your body will thank you!

3. Be active. We all need exercise! Regular physical activity keeps your bones and joints strong and help prevent injuries. It’s also important to keep your body moving to make sure your heart stay healthy too. Do your best to get about an hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily.

4. Sleep well.
School, sports and a social life can make it tough to get the right amount of sleep. You’re always juggling activities and responsibilities. But it’s so important to get a quality amount of rest every night. Sleep helps your body reset and makes sure everything is functioning the way it should. In return you feel better, think better and perform better in school and outside activities.

5. Remain open and aware of emotions.

This is a big one. We all have emotions – sometimes good and sometimes not so good. It’s OK to have feelings and it’s good to recognize when we may not be feeling OK. Allow yourself to feel those feelings. And if you’re comfortable – talk with someone about them. It can be a friend, a teacher, a parent or even a counselor. Sharing your feelings with someone you trust is a good way to help you deal with a difficult or overwhelming emotion.

For more tips and resources for parents, kids and teens, visit kidshealth.org.

Amy Cimo

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Amy Cimo is a Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach and Wellness Enthusiast based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After going through her own health journey, she found her passion in helping others find balance between nutrition, physical activity and mindset to live healthy and be truly happy. Amy attended Louisiana State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).