Sunday, January 29, 2017

Gold Award Spotlight: Be Bright, Eat Right

Katrina, a Girl Scout Senior from Virginia Beach, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. 

For her project, Katrina focused on educating students at Thalia Elementary School about the importance of healthy eating. She created a display in the school with information about reading food labels, making healthy food choices, nutrition and more. Katrina also made a presentation to fifth graders about leading a healthy life and encouraged them to take the Pear Pledge, a promise to make healthier choices at home and at school. Katrina provided students with an informational brochure that included the tips she shared in her presentation.

“Today, about one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese, and this is a problem that needs to be addressed,” Katrina said. “I wanted to make a difference in my community by informing youth and adults about the prevalence of childhood obesity and the significance of starting good nutritional practices early.”

In order to reach even more members of her community, Katrina shared her project in three local civic league newsletters and with the members of her Girl Scout troop.

The Gold Award requires girls to identify an issue in the community and carry out a Take Action project to address the matter through leadership work. Nationwide, less than six percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Katrina to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor.