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Local Girl Scout increases health awareness in children to earn Gold Award

 

HOUSTON (January 2012) - Girl Scout Ebangha T. held a workshop to educate children on 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 am very passionate about health care and the general welfare of others around me," said Ebangha, a 2012 graduate of Hightower High School. "I have come to believe that I do have a voice in the world and that the way I use it can change others perspectives."

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 believe everyone deserves to know how to be healthy," said Ebangha.

For her project, Ebangha led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting her workshop which included games and activities to teach children about the dangers of childhood obesity. The children learned about body mass indexes, healthy meals and more. Each participant also left with a healthy booklet to record their healthy behaviors. Approximately 40 children participated in the workshop.

"Ebangha learned to undertake a project by planning, scheduling and marketing," said Bernard T., Ebangha's father. "She also learned how to encourage others to plan for their well-being. All this gave her a strong self-esteem and confidence."

Ebangha was a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Hightower High School she was a member of dance team and National Honor Society. She was also active in her church's youth group and was a member of the Ann Moody Sill Dance Studio. This fall she is attending 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 www.gssjc.org.


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