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Friendswood Girl Scout holds health workshops for girls to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scout Carolyn P. hosted two workshops for younger girls on nutrition, healthy eating and exercise 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 key facts about nutrition and food sciences, practiced my leadership and organization skills and developed as a public speaker and event planner," said Carolyn, a 2012 graduate of Clear Springs 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 of the increasing epidemic of childhood obesity in this country," said Carolyn. "I wanted to promote healthy lifestyles and healthy body images among girls in my community."

For her project, Carolyn led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting her workshops. One workshop was for girls ages 5-7 and the second was for girls ages 8-10. Topics focused on the importance of lifelong wellness, positive body image, the effects of food advertising on children and more through hands-on activities and stations. A total of 20 girls attended Carolyn's workshops.

"My daughter developed a keen interest in nutrition and food science during her Gold Award research and activities," said Anne P., Carolyn's mother. "She discovered her college major and a perfect career."

Carolyn has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Clear Springs High School she was a member of tennis, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and was president of the Aquatic Science Club. This fall she is attending Texas A&M University to study food science and technology.

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


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