Health Promotion & Education

Girls on the Run of Kent & Muskegon Counties

What is Girls on the Run of Kent & Muskegon Counties?

Girls on the Run (KCGOTR) of Kent & Muskegon Counties is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 locations across the United States and Canada. KCGOTR takes place at over 80 sites throughout Kent County.

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd – 8th grade. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

The curriculum is taught by certified GOTR coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world. Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment.

Why is this a focus of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD)?

According to the New York University Child Study Center, self-esteem peaks in girls when they are around 9 years old and then, for many, it drops drastically. As girls age, that drop in self-esteem is often accompanied by health risks like eating disorders, risk-taking behaviors and depression. These risks impact the health of our girls and the health of our community.

How is KCHD addressing this issue?

The health department does not provide KCGOTR. However, the health department and Health Education and Promotion staff support KCGOTR in their efforts to reach girls in Kent County. For more information or to connect directly with KCGOTR visit:

Kent County Girls on the Run