Girls on the Run: Strengths, Weaknesses, Improvements, and Suggestions for Change Public

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  • With more and more adolescent girls having lower self-esteem due to the pressures from society to be thin and beautiful, programs have been developed to help increase young girls’ self-esteem while teaching them about nutrition and self-image as well as encouraging them to be physically active. I analyzed one of these programs called Girls on the Run®. In-depth interviews with the participants and coaches of the program in the Willamette Valley provided insight into the values and perceptions of the program in helping increase the participants’ self-esteem while making them more physically active. In-depth observations and field notes of the Girls on the Run sessions were taken to grasp the experience the participants were having. Consistent themes emerged from the interviews and observations. I categorized the data I collected into three parts: 1) Enriching Experiences and Strengths of the program; 2) Benefits of the Running Aspects of the program; 3) Weaknesses and Suggestions for Change for the program. Strengths as well as weaknesses of the program were evident and therefore suggestions for improvements were made. Concerns were expressed with the ability to adapt the lesson plans given from Girls on the Run at the national level in order to cater to the participants’ personalities and needs along with the location of the program. Participants’ confirmed having more energy, being more physically active, having higher levels of self-esteem, and overall enjoying the experience of the program. Girls on the Run is a program that values physical activity and encouraged its participants to be physically active for a lifetime.
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