Girls will be on the run in YMCA program

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AUBURN — Girls on the Run is an after-school program for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders that uses the power of physical activity, life lessons and positive mentoring to “prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.”

Through interactive activities that include walking and running, playing games and discussing important issues, girls learn how to celebrate being themselves and how to avoid the “Girl Box,” a place where girls are valued more for their outward appearance than their character.

Girls on the Run is a 10-week program that will meet from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Monday and Friday, April 5 through June 11, at the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA.

The goal is to empower all girls to have a strong sense of identity, give and receive support from a group, stand up for themselves in a healthy manner, have a healthy body image, understand the importance of their community and complete the Y Fit Fest 5k Event on June 12.

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Those interested should register at the YMCA, 62 Turner St. Program fees are $35 for YMCA members and $60 for non-members. For more information, contact Tish Caldwell, tcaldwell@alymca.org or by phone at 795-4095.

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