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Missouri City Girl Scout addresses childhood obesity to earn Gold Award

 

HOUSTON (January 2012) - Girl Scout Alexa P. held a workshop focused on teaching children the dangers of obesity 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 I should consider other people’s advice more," said Alexa, a 2012 graduate of Stafford High School. "Sometimes I am headstrong in my decisions, and I have learned that I should be more flexible."

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 over the past three decades the childhood obesity rate in America has tripled, and if we do not attempt to resolve this, the problems will develop into more serious problems and our young will have to face chronic obesity health problems like heart disease and high blood pressure," said Alexa.

For her project, Alexa led her team of volunteers in planning and hosting a workshop that included learning about healthy foods through games, hand-on demonstrations of how to make healthy snacks and enjoying exercise through cheering and baseball. Approximately 45 people attended her workshop.

"Alexa learned how to work with others," said Wilbert P., Alexa's father. "She learned organizational skills and how to serve her community. The changes I have seen in her at home are she works better with her siblings and in doing her school work."

Alexa was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years, also earned her Silver Award and participated in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute planning board for the 52nd National Convention held in Houston last November. At Stafford High School she was a member of softball, FFA, National Honor Society, DECA and student council. This fall she is attending the University of Texas at Austin to study architecture.

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 www.gssjc.org.

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