I am partnering with the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and Together Counts for this campaign. I am also a part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.
When I was a little girl, one of my favorite activities were Girl Scouts. In the year that I was a brownie, I had more fun that I can count. I remember going on camping trips with the leaders, learning about nature, and finding new friends who loved the outdoors as much as I did.
Back when I was a girl scout, we didn’t learn a lot about nutrition. I think that is because in my day and time, being active wasn’t a problem like it is today. We ran a lot when I was little — and we played outside games together, and stayed extremely active.
When I was at home, my mom sent me outside every day to play. We only had an Atari and afternoon television shows. My mom limited tv time and made sure that my video game was only played in the evening — after I had been outside all day running and playing.
In today’s world where so much of it is run by technology — meaning kids are not as active today as they were just 30 years ago — The Girl Scouts of America have made it their mission to teach all levels of girls scouts some healthy habits.
I could not be happier to hear this.
It’s important to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, especially if you are used to sitting and watching television for hours on end — or even sitting and playing video games for hours, or even texting your BFF for hours.
The Healthy Habits Program and Free Booklets
In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts developed “healthy habits” booklets to easily incorporate energy balance into meetings, outings, events and adventures. The free booklets help guide girls as they learn to lead active, healthy lifestyles.
Through the use of these free resources for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, Girl Scout volunteers and families can guide girls in fun, easy ways to achieve “energy balance.”
The three Healthy Habits booklets available for download include:
- Between Earth and Sky with Healthy Habits – girls learn about the many plants, trees, and animals that flourish in nature, and also build important leadership skills.
- WOW! Wonders of Water with Healthy Habits – girls discover the many forms and paths that water takes and how to protect it. They also learn how to engage in teamwork, speak effectively to convey a message, and inspire others.
- Get Moving! with Healthy Habits – girls learn how to use their energy to protect Earth’s energy and build important leadership skills.
The principle behind the program is called Energy Balance, which just means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we expend. Energy in consist of what you get from eating and drinking. Energy out consist of the calories you burn from physical activity.
Girl Scouts’ leadership program is girl-led. And Girl Scouts sure do a lot with guidance from caring adult mentors! From national badge programs to council-wide events, each council offers a variety of exciting program opportunities for girls of all ages.
For more information about the Together Counts programs including tips and tricks for parents as well as recipes, visit the Together Counts website here. Together Counts is a program by the “Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation” .
To locate the council nearest you, see the Girl Scout Council Finder.