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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout hosts nutrition and fitness workshop, earns Gold Award

TEXAS CITY, Texas (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Melanie G. hosted multiple nutrition and fitness workshops for children to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I became more knowledgeable about health issues that accompany bad eating habits and that physical fitness benefits more than your appearance,” says Melanie, a senior at Texas City High School. “I learned how to set a goal and follow through with the completion of the Gold Award.”

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“Nothing is more important than taking care of yourself and your health,” explains Melanie as to why she chose the project. “The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate. I wanted to help kids by informing them of the benefits of healthy eating and exercise.”

For one month, Melanie held nutrition and fitness sessions three times a week. Her workshops took place all over Houston and reached out to nearly 400 children. In her workshop, she taught children stretches, made exercise fun by playing games and provided healthy eating tips focused on eating whole foods, rather than processed foods.

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Melanie has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. She is a girl member on the GSSJC Board of Directors, vice president of administration in The Voice, a member of Senior Senate and has participated in numerous girl planning boards and Council-wide activities.

At Texas City High School, Melanie is a member of Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Interact Club, Tunnel Crew, Student Council, Key Club, honor choir, show choir, yearbook and varsity tennis. Following graduation, she plans to attend junior college then transfer to a university to study communications and public relations.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and 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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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