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Girl Scout Ambassador Speaks at Texas Women’s Conference

Sixteen-year-old Oliver Foundation teen board member to address obesity in children

HOUSTON, Texas (November 9, 2010) – More than 7,000 women will descend on the streets of downtown Houston looking for networking, professional development and personal growth opportunities at this year’s Texas Women’s Conference taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center November 10. Sixteen-year-old Girl Scout Ambassador, Nina Distefano, will also be attending the Texas Women’s Conference, but she’ll be imparting her wisdom as a guest speaker, addressing the importance of a healthy diet and providing solutions for childhood obesity.

“I’m trying to make a difference in the world and help address unhealthy eating that has lead to a high rate of obesity in our generation,” said Nina. “At the conference I will be talking about the importance of breakfast and how proper nutrition helps students be better prepared in the classroom.”

Currently, Nina sits on the Teen Board of the Oliver Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create effective partnerships, provide resources, and help develop sustainable family, community, and program practices that focus on a balanced, healthy lifestyle. As a Teen Board member Nina helps to energize kids and teens to be more health conscious through community and school outreach projects that encourage lifelong healthy eating and physical activity habits. She has been involved with the organization since she was in the eighth grade. Nina was asked by Debbie Woehler, executive director of the Oliver Foundation, if she and a fellow Teen Board member were interested in speaking at the conference. She happily accepted.

Nina credits her Girl Scout experience with helping her break out of her shell and acquiring a passion with a purpose.

“I was very shy and Girl Scouts forced me to active in the world around me,” said Nina. “By getting the work done to achieve patches and learning about different issues being faced and causes I can fight for. I learned that I can make a difference by developing fresh ideas that could possibly solve some of these problems.”

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 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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