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Girls practice healthy habits in 'On the Run' program

1 year 9 months 1 week ago February 25, 2015 Feb 25, 2015 Wednesday, February 25 2015 February 25, 2015 7:00 AM in Health
Source: WBRZ
By: Rebecca Buchanan

BATON ROUGE - An after school program is inspiring young girls to be healthy and happy. There are Girls on the Run teams at more than 50 locations across south Louisiana, including Forest Heights Academy of Excellence in Baton Rouge.

The students are just a couple weeks into the ten week training program, but they're already running with confidence. They look to each other when they need motivation to keep going.

"We get to run a lot, and we get to help out each other," 3rd grader Madyson Neal explains. "If someone falls we get to help them up."

The girls of Forest Heights will join 1,500 girls across South Baton Rouge in may for the Girls on the Run 5K. The program is offered the Boys & Girls Club, an organization that mentors kids to keep them safe and engaged after school.

"I made them realize they can do things they never thought they could do," site coordinators Elicia Brown told News 2's Rebecca Buchanan this morning on 2une In. "That's exciting within itself to hear a little person say that."

Student can still join teams if their school already has a program. You can find locations on the Girls on the Run website.

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