Will you help me ‘Run Like a Girl?’

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florida 5KA few months ago, I embarked on a new journey as a coach for Girls on the Run.
If you’re not familiar with it, Girls on the Run is an organization that works with girls in grades 3-5 with the ultimate goal of running a 5K.
But GOTR is truly more than a running program.  It’s a program that teaches girls about health, fitness, self-esteem, community, and real beauty. And it reminds girls how awesome they are before society, their friends, or that little voice in their head starts telling them otherwise.
I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I have watched this program absolutely transform the lives of young girls.
Many of the girls in our group had zero experience with running.  A few didn’t even have sneakers.  But 6 weeks in and these girls are running their hearts out twice a week.
In between each run, we chat about things like conquering negative self-talk, the importance of fruits and veggies, and the attributes that make someone really beautiful (things like kindness, and love, and loyalty – not brand name clothes or skinny arms.)
This November, I plan to run the NYC marathon, and I’ve made a commitment to fund raise for Girls on the Run along the way.
But I need some help to reach my goal of raising $3,000 and I am hoping that you can help me do it.
If you are interested in donating to GOTR, I would be most grateful if you would consider donating through my fundraising page:
Every dollar that you donate will help to fund a program that is putting pride in the hearts and smiles on the faces of young girls all around the U.S.
Thank you all so very much!

Don’t fall for ‘The Natural Effect’

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all naturalWhat do you think of when you see the term, ‘natural?’  Healthy?  Organic?  Made from wholesome ingredients?
The Google definition for ‘natural,’ is “existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.”  So it’s no wonder that millions of Americans are fooled by the word ‘natural’ when they see it on food packaging.
But the truth is, that the word ‘natural’ is not regulated on food packaging.  So it could be found on products that contain pesticides, artificial ingredients, genetically modified organisms, or even known carcinogens.  Only the term ‘Organic’ guarantees your food is –well, natural.
Still confused?  Check out this hilarious spoof from the “False Advertising Industry,” on what the term “all-natural” really means:

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