In 2010, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group made a commitment to our guests and neighbors through our LifeSmiles program. Over 5 years, we will invest $1 million and 20,000 volunteer hours to organizations and partnerships that impact the health and wellness of children and their families. By focusing on events and programs that get people up and moving or provide healthy eating options, we hope to make an impact in the communities we serve. Every month, we will highlight one of these partnerships here on our blog - and we hope you’ll want to get involved!
This month, we’d like to tell you a little about Girls on the Run.
In over 173 cities nationwide, Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. The curriculum addresses all aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well-being.
Over a 12 week period, each girl will work with her coach, a carefully selected female role-model from her community, to learn not only about her body through the running training, but to be educated and empowered to make the best decisions in all aspects of her life.
According to GOTR International, their mission is to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”
As a part of our LifeSmiles initiative and commitment to children’s health and wellness, Eat’n Park has teamed up with the Girls on the Run programs in our neighborhoods. Not only through cookie donations on their final 5K race day, but to sponsor participants who otherwise may not have been able to register. We are dedicated to the health and vibrancy of kids, and believe that this program is changing lives everyday.
Eat’n Park is proud to be a sponsor of Girls on the Run; to help empower young girls to use their truly limitless potential.
Want to know more? Visit http://www.girlsontherun.org/ to find programs around you, become a volunteer, or sign-up for a 5K race!