Girl Scouts Tackling Child Obesity One Bite at a Timeby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Sep. 25, 2012, under Press Releases
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Girl Scouts Tackling Child Obesity One Bite at a Time
Thin Mint Sprint 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run
September 29, 2012
Brandi Fenton Park
$12 ages 12 and under; $20 ages 13 and up; Race day $25
What’s better than those beloved Thin Mint cookies? The Girl Scouts Thin Mint Sprint 5k and Savannah Smiles One Mile Fun Run of course! In recognition of the 16th annual Family Health and Fitness Day USA, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is holding the inaugural Thin Mint Sprint Family Run on September 29th at Brandi Fenton Park. The race is part of the Girl Scouts Health and Wellness Initiative that builds skills girls need to keep their bodies healthy, their minds engaged, and their spirits alive by participating in innovative wellness programs.
During the past four decades obesity rates have soared among all age groups, increasing more than fourfold among children ages six to eleven. Girl Scouts programs and curricula work to address these issues so that every girl can lead a healthy lifestyle. Whether working towards age-level awards such as the Eat Right, Stay Healthy Try-It or the Stress Less Badge, or talking with leaders about issues of concern in their lives, Girl Scouts increases the well-being of girls by offering them numerous opportunities to learn about and experience what it mean to live well today.
As part of their Health and Wellness Program the Council developed a Thin Mint Sprint Training Patch to encourage girls to get outside and get moving. The patch program has girls log their miles and complete a “Marathon” one “bite at a time.” Girls log 23 miles before race day and then walk or run the Thin Mint Sprint 5k on September 29 to complete their very own marathon! The Thin Mint Sprint Coaches also held “Run With Us” events across Tucson to bring girls together to discuss healthy living. Over 80 Girl Scouts across Southern Arizona ranging from ages five to fifteen participated in the Training Patch program, and over 100 young participants are expected at the race.
“Girls participation in this first ever training is truly encouraging,” notes Coco Horner, Health and Wellness Specialist. “We believe children need information and guidance to make healthy decisions. More than that, they also need the adults around them to model these behaviors. We encourage adults in the community to join us in observing Family Health and Fitness Month by getting out and moving. Parents have enormous influence over their children’s’ lifestyles by the example they set and by the decisions they make. With strong unity of purpose, we can truly make a difference for our kids.”
On September 29th choose to get out and to get moving. Whether you walk, skip, jog, run or even dance your way across the finish line, you’re helping to make a difference! Post race participants can also enjoy a free health and wellness expo and work their way through fitness, nutrition and wellness stations to become healthier inside and out.
To register for the race visit GirlScoutsSoAz.org/sprint. For more information on the Thin Mint Sprint or Girl Scouts Health and Wellness Initiative please contact, Coco Horner, email@example.com
About Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent leadership development organization dedicated to helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. GSSoAz serves over 14,000 girls in Southern Arizona and includes over 3,000 adult volunteers. Our goals are to provide a wide range of contemporary programs that reflect the unique needs and interests of all girls living in Southern Arizona, to empower girls to reach their full potential, and to give girls a voice in their community and in their own lives. For more information, please contact Maria DeCabooter at (520) 319-3175.