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Local Girl Scout hosts health workshop for kids to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Porscha A. hosted a healthy eating and living workshop for children to earn Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

“I learned that people are willing to change their habits when provided guidance on how to make better decisions,” said Porscha, a 2012 graduate of Waltrip High School.

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.

“I chose this project because I used to be overweight and had to learn how to eat healthy and the importance of exercise,” said Porscha. “I wanted to share that knowledge with children and youth so they could learn to make healthier choices.”

For her project, Porscha led her team of volunteers in planning and hosting her workshop where children from a local transitional living center learned the importance of healthy eating and exercise. She taught the children through exercise games, dance and demonstrating how to make healthy snacks such as fruit kabobs and smoothies. Nearly 50 children attended her two-day workshop.

“Porscha learned to depend on others, besides her parents, for assistance, and she learned great leadership and communication skills,” said Regina A., Porscha’s mother. “She has continued her healthy living journey and has lost 25 pounds.”

Porscha was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Waltrip High School she was named a Texas Scholar in 2012 and name to the National Society of High School Scholars for 2011-2012. This fall she is attending the University of North Texas to study criminal justice.

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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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