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Making healthy choices

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 9:29 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014 9:30 a.m. CDT
Anna Calhan Girls on the Run columnist.

Hi, this is reporter Anna Calhan reporting to you again from fifth grade at South Elementary.

Last week in Girls on the Run, we learned how to make healthy choices. We learned how to choose carrots over chips or salad over hamburgers, so we can feel good inside. Choosing to be healthy helps us stay active and strong so we can complete our 5K challenge at the end of the season May 18.

We also learned that all emotions are healthy. All emotions are healthy because it is OK to feel frustrated, angry and even confused. These are normal feelings that everyone has.

In GOTR, we learned tools to help us turn anger into happy and frustrated into content. By using these tools, we can try to keep our feelings positive.

It’s important to know what emotion we are feeling so we can control our feelings. If the emotion is anger, we can control that feeling by trying to plug in our “sparkly” cord to stay positive. This way we don’t get more mad or angry, confused or whatever negative feeling we’re having. Keeping our positive cord plugged in helps us handle our feelings to stay emotionally healthy.

Choosing carrots and salads keep us physically healthy, understanding our feelings and trying to keep our “sparkly” cord plugged in keeps us emotionally healthy. In GOTR, we learned how to focus on the bright side of things.

I challenge you to be the healthy person you want to be.

• Anna Calhan is a fifth-grader at South Elementary in Crystal Lake. For information on Girls on the Run, visit or email

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