Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run’s middle school program that meets the unique needs of girls in 6th-8th grade. It takes place only during the fall. The program considers the whole girl - body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection - in a positive, structured space where girls can learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy and strengthen connections. Running is incorporated into each lesson to encourage physical wellness and teach life skills such as team building, creating a support system, standing up for themselves and others and decision making. The girls prepare for a celebratory Girls on the Run 5k event at the end of the program. This non-competitive event fosters goal setting and a sense of confidence through accomplishment to last a lifetime.