The study was of a particular non profit program called "Let Me Run." We love the following quote from the founder of the program.
"â€œSociety seemed to be setting an expectation that boys are not capable of settling down, being respectful of people and property, being caring, and having the ability to concentrate,â€ Armistead says. â€œI always seemed shocked by these beliefs, as I know that my boys far surpass me in their caring actions, integrity, and self-control. I was deeply disturbed by the low expectations that we were setting for our boys.â€
The goal of Let Me Run is to promote healthy masculinity. So often young males are told things like, â€œMan upâ€ or â€œStop acting like a girl.â€ These phrases promote unrealistic and dangerous stereotypes of how boys are supposed to act. Let Me Run works to allow boys to better express their emotions and show affection. The program also promotes confidence and respect for others, which allows boys to connect and better maintain friendships.
"They found that the program significantly improves boysâ€™ attitudes and behaviors associated with healthy masculinity. The ability to express their feelings led boys to have less physical altercations."
Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/news/study-running-boys-healthy-behavior_167984#x7mxg1Jk4QJP0IV4.99