The Girls on the Run middle school program, Heart & Sole, provides a positive space for girls where they can learn more about themselves and their values.
The “Girl Wheel” is the central concept of the program and focuses on the whole girl. In each lesson, girls participate in activities related to the Girl Wheel components: body, brain, heart, spirit and social.
The wheel helps demonstrate the parts of themselves that impact their lives, their families, their schools and their neighborhoods. Girls learn to use the Girl Wheel to identify areas of themselves they’d like to nurture and ways they can contribute to change around them.
Physical activity is a core element of the program and includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. The season concludes with the Girls on the Run 5k , a celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.
In H&S, SMART is an acronym that describes how to set goals: a goal should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, and Rewarding, and there must be enough Time to complete it. Girls learn that even seemingly impossible goals are reachable with some planning and teamwork.