Girl Scout council on obesity

Submitted by Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road is using its expertise in the personal and social development of girls to take a leading role in combating the alarming trends of rising childhood and teen obesity rates.

Recognizing Kentucky’s obesity rate amongst children and youth is epidemic, Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road created Live Healthy, Lead Healthy. Through this program Girl Scouts learn the importance of getting active, eating better, improving their self-esteem to create a path toward a healthier life.

97.2% of girls who have participated in Live Healthy, Lead Healthy report that Girl Scouts helped them learn how to make healthier choices, 84.7% of girls reported knowing they should exercise at least 60 minutes a day. 72% of girls reported exercising, playing sports, running or dancing every day during the course of the six-week program.

Girl Scouts learn how to identify healthy snack choices and learn hands on by making nutritional snacks. They engage in physical activities including active games, dancing, Zumba and walking; and understand and can identify the serious health risks of being overweight.

Girl Scouts are proud of our efforts to improve the health of our girls and the communities we serve.