Creative Therapeutics was a proud sponsor once again this year for the DeKalb County Girls on The Run race. Girls on the Run is an international program, the mission of which is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and self-confident using a curriculum that teaches lessons and integrates running. The 10-week season also includes a community project which is decided upon by the girls. Ultimately, the season cultivates young runners and culminates with a celebratory 5K the girls run or walk with a running buddy.
The Girls on the Run program uses lessons that encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. The program begins by helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then, they look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships. Finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.
Last May, Girls on the Run for DeKalb County held their 5K at the NIU campus. Sam Eakes, DPT, was there with foam rolls and helpful information. Jamie Justice, PT, WCS, coached the St. Mary School in Dekalb team this year. Jamie’s experience with Girls on the Run has been very positive and she feels the program is a great way for girls in grades 3 through 5 to build self-confidence while starting to challenge themselves physically through running and walking.