Educating local elementary school students on the benefits of health
I am a proud Girl Scout of Troop 2549. I have been in Girl Scouts for 10 years. My troop leader is Dawn Pyle. She has taught me many valuable life lessons, like looking for ways to help in your community and to always keep friendships strong. She has been a supportive presence in my life for as long as I can remember.
My Gold Award - "Run for your life"
I have been a Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and am currently an ambassador. I have completed my bronze and silver award and am working on completing my gold award. The gold award is the Girl Scout equivalent to a Boy Scout's Eagle Award. The project must have a minimum of 80 service hours, be sustainable, and have an effective impact on the community. The focus of my Gold Award is to educate the public primarily young children about healthy living and fitness. The Girl Scouts has taught me what it really means to be friendly and helpful and to help others at all times. If people lived by the Girl Scout Law and Promise, the world would be a much better place.
I want to encourage kids to live by this pledge:
- Respect myself, my teammates, my coach, my equipment, and the world around me.
- Own your words, your actions, and your responsibilities.
- Care for my body through healthy living, my mind through mental training, and my community through personal action.
- Have fun and be happy while learning how to take care of myself, physically, mentally,
Life Lessons Learned through Sports
Based off of the website Come Ready or Never Start
Sports can introduce kids to some of the most valuable life lessons and skills they can ever receive. These mental and physical benefits can help them thrive later in life, doing whatever they want to do. Some of these lessons are listed below.
1. Hard work
Less and less children are learning the value of achieving their goals through hard work. Through sports, however, children learn how to try their hardest and persevere to do their very best.
In sports, teamwork is essential to success. Kids learn to set aside their personal wants and needs for the benefit of the team.
3. Success and Failure
All throughout life, people have to deal with it. In an athletic setting, kids learn to deal with their wins andlosses with dignity. They also learn how to persist so that they can succeed when confronted with the same situation again.
I wanted to help others be able to participate in sports, and orchestrated a shoe drive to help kids in my community.
South Carolina Health Facts
Hands on Health SC on Diabetes
- Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in South Carolina.
- 1/3 people don’t even know they have diabetes.
- 6/10 people that are diabetic are overweight or have high blood pressure. 4/10 people that are diabetic engage in little to no exercise. 3/10 people that are diabetic have high cholesterol.
- Diabetes is usually caused by unhealthy lifestyle habits. Diabetes can be delayed by eating healthy foods, losing weight, and staying physically active.
SCDJEC.gov on Obesity and Children’s Health Habits
- 30% of adults (20 or older) are obese in the United States of America.
- South Carolina has 32% of adults who are obese in the nation.
- 23.6% of children drink sweetened beverages 3 times or more a day.
- 50.2% of children spend more than 2 hours watching TV/videos/DVDS a day.
CDC on the benefits of exercise
- Heart disease and strokes are 2 of the leading causes of death in the US. 150 minutes a week of moderate to intense aerobic activity puts you at a lower risk for these two causes of death.
- Physically active people have a lower risk for colon and breast cancer than people that aren’t active.
- Exercises decreases depression,, helps people sleep better, and helps with developing thinking/learning skills