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Sugar Land Girl Scout teaches children healthy eating habits to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scout Alexis J. taught children ages 3-8 the importance and benefits of eating a balanced diet and making healthy food choices 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 how to build teams, how to conduct work assignments and how to share information that creates enthusiasm about the subject," said Alexis, a 2012 graduate of Stephen F. Austin 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 [Houston] was an area that received lots of critical reviews about childhood obesity in the media," said Alexis.

For her project, Alexis led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting her workshop. To teach children healthy eating habits, Alexis prepared several healthy foods for the students to sample. She and her volunteers also taught the children how to make smart food choices when eating at restaurants. More than 50 people attended her workshop.

"We are pleased with Alexis' development, confidence and the way this project enhanced her leadership capabilities," said Preston J. Jr., Alexis' father.

Alexis was a member of Girl Scouts for four years. At Stephen F. Austin High School she was a member of the YES volunteer program, homecoming activities committee, Booster Club, Spanish Club, National Art Honor Society and choir. This fall she is attending college to study multimedia and graphic design.

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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