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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout promotes healthy living, earns Gold Award

SUGAR LAND, Texas (Oct. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Sue Yeh held two health-awareness events in the Richmond/Rosenberg area of Houston 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.

“My project gave me the chance to overcome my fear of public speaking and become a more confident leader,” says Sue, a recent graduate of Clements 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 was interested in teaching others how to lead a healthy lifestyle,” explains Sue. “I also liked the opportunity to reach out to another community.”

Sue’s project consisted of two events. The first, called Healthy Bodies, Healthy Lives, sought to teach underprivileged families at risk for obesity how to live a healthier life. Each class learned a workout routine, a stress reliever, a health lesson and prepared a nutritious snack.

The second event Sue held was a fair called Dynamite Dads where she encouraged families to exercise together.

“I can tell Sue has become more organized and time-efficient,” says Paiaen Young, Sue’s mother. “She took charge like a natural leader.”

At Clements High School, Sue participated in orchestra, Habitat for Humanity, English Honor Society and National Honor Society. She is currently attending school at the University of Southern California studying film production and creative writing.

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 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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