2012 Girls on the Run Summit Day Two and Three

Tuesday marked the second day of Summit with another full agenda.  The morning started off with a presentation by Shellie Pfohl, the Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.   As she mentioned, most people know the Council for the Presidential Fitness test you had to take in school every year that everyone hated (hello, sit and reach?!).  Shellie mentioned that they are in the process of “modernizing” the test, so it will be interesting to see what that looks like
















Some notable things Shellie discussed:

  • Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
  • 1 in 3 kids is overweight or obese (2/3 of of adults)
  • 70% of young people are turned away from military service for at least one of the following reasons – not physically fit, criminal record or no high school diploma. That is terrifying.

Shellie put it brilliantly that we have “engineered ourselves out of physical activity”.  People are afraid to let their kids run around outside, we have built freeways between neighborhoods and schools, so while a school might only be 1 mile from your house, you still have to drive.

Most of us are aware of the LetsMove campaign.  There is also PALA, which is a challenge for both adults and children. Shellie is also focused on quality Physical Education in our schools.

After Shellie’s presentation, the day included:

  • Breakout Session:  Volunteer Recruitment and Retention.  I got some great ideas from this session.
  • Lunch: much better than Monday’s lunch!
  • Council Meetings: we met with other councils that are similar size to our council.  We got to bounce a lot of ideas off of each other and discuss challenges and successes.
  • Cocktail Cruise:  We took a fun little cruise around the bay with some snacks and drinks.

Wednesday is always the final day of Summit and it is a short day.  We had breakfast before a celebration of awards for councils doing great things, the Coach of the Year award and Molly’s final remarks.  They also always announce where next year’s summit is – New Orleans 2013!

Aaron was sweet and offered to go with me to that one.  I was really hoping for California so we could send a bunch of people, but I guess we better just start getting serious about our budget and how important Summit is.

I had such an amazing time at Summit, as always.  I got to meet a lot of inspirational women and have made some great connections.  I am so hopefully for this 2012 year for GOTR Sac and can’t wait to see where we can take the program.

Why do you run?



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