Girls on the Run offer physical activities to keep girls healthy

The 'Girls on the Run' activity kit offers 50 activities to keep girls ages 8 to 11 active and healthy.

BOONE — On June 23, Girls on the Run of the High Country unveiled its Power Up Activity Kit to help keep High Country girls active and healthy through the summer due to recreational shutdowns because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The kits are also designed to inspire creativity, encourage movement and teach new skills. 

After the cancelation of schools, implementation of social distancing and the restrictions around large public events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 11-year-old Girls on the Run nonprofit modified its season to continue its mission of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.

“Providing girls with opportunities to develop empathy, build resiliency, and identify and understand their values, choices and emotions are important now more than ever before,” said Mary Sheryl Horine, director of Girls on the Run of the High Country. “It is never too early for girls to learn how to put these important skills into practice. This kit will help girls move, laugh and grow, and in the process find their inner girl power.”

The at-home kit includes 50 activities to fuel girls’ mind, body and spirit that emphasize the important connection between physical and emotional health.

Each activity aims to teach girls important skills such as how to cope when things get difficult, demonstrate care for self and others and practice positivity. From the silly starters to the fun movement games and challenges, the activities were designed to get girls to laugh, create and grow.

Kits cost $49 and include an 8-week physical activity guide, an exclusive t-shirt, a Power Up Activity Book and a completion certificate. For more information or to purchase a kit, visit https://ihhs.appstate.edu/power-up.

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