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Lufkin Girl Scout encourages kids to adopt healthy lifestyle to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (January 2012) - Girl Scout Rajitha R. educated elementary school students on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle 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 it wasn't impossible to make a difference in other people's lives as long as I kept motivated," said Rajitha, a senior this fall at Lufkin High School. "I also learned that I was capable of handling challenging issues."

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 would constantly catch myself giving my friends pointers on being healthy," said Rajitha. "I decided to fix this problem in my community by starting with younger students to fix the problem before it even starts."

For her project, Rajitha led her team of volunteers in planning and hosting a workshop to demonstrate healthy lifestyle habits. They set up stations focused on body mass index, trying new fruits and vegetables, exercise and appropriate meal portions. More than 40 students attended her workshop.

"Raji planned, spoke with officials at school and the hospital, organized activities and coordinated with volunteers to complete the project," said Ranjani R., Rajitha's mother. "She is planning to do more health fairs in other elementary schools in our town."

Rajitha has been a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years. At Lufkin High School she is an executive mentor of Ignite for Schools and is a member of Anchor and Kyssed Club. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study biology.

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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