Why donate to Girls On The Run?

Some sad facts about girls today:

  • Three million young Americans seriously considered suicide in 2000 and of those, over 1 million tried to kill themselves.

  • Idaho has the 4th highest suicide rate, 67% higher than the national average.
  • Girls were twice as likely as boys to report contemplating suicide.

  • Body dissatisfaction and dietary restraints are predictors of depression in girls.

  • Almost two-thirds of girls in 5th-12th grades are dissatisfied with their body shape and want to lose weight.

  • Girls as young as 5 form negative self-images based on their weight.

If you want to help change that, here’s some good news:

  • Girls who participate in physical activities are 40% less likely to smoke, have higher levels of self-esteem, better body images, and lower levels of depression.

  • Girls who have experienced emotional trauma respond positively to physical fitness programs.

  • Girls who participate in physical activities have higher self-esteem and therefore less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior during adolescence.

  • Girls who participate in physical exercise have higher self-esteem and therefore have better relationships with adults, get better grades, are less likely to use drugs and are less depressed than girls who don’t.

And the best news, if she’s involved with Girls on the Run:

  • She has higher self-esteem;**

  • She has improved eating attitudes;**

  • She has an improved body image;**

  • She has a positive peer group setting where important issues are addressed in a productive and research based manner

  • She has positive role models in her mentor coaches.

**According to research conducted by Dr. Rita DeBate, Ph.D., MPH, CHES, assistant professor in the department of Health Behavior at UNC-Charlotte, the Girls on the Run Curricula improve girls self-esteem, body image and eating attitudes to a “statistically significant” extent.