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Local Girl Scout Combats Childhood Obesity to Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award
Jersey Village Girl Scout Emily B. noticed the growing trend of obesity in children and decided to take action. By doing so, she completed all the requirements to earn the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 10 percent of children ages six through nineteen are overweight. “Childhood obesity is a huge problem,” said Emily. “I feel it is important for children to learn how to stay healthy.”
It is a significant honor to earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to the community.
Emily, a senior at Jersey Village High School, organized a four-day fitness camp for elementary school children where they discussed healthy eating and fun ways to exercise. She taught the children kickboxing, tae kwon do and yoga. Emily also showed them how to make healthy snacks and meals. At the end of the camp she presented them with a cookbook full of recipes used at the camp.
Girl Scouts of the USA, (GSUSA) is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information on Girl Scouts, membership or volunteer opportunities, call 713-292-0300 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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