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Creating and instilling healthy habits in our children is best done at an early age however, with today’s technology filled world, it’s not always the easiest thing to do.
With video games, television shows, and iPads waiting to fill their time, getting your children outdoors for a little fresh air and exercise can seem like a chore.
Fortunately, there are just as many options for getting them up, moving, and enjoying a healthier lifestyle.
The Girl Scouts have been working health and fitness into their program since 1912 and right now, they’re partnering with the Together Counts Program to make it even easier to create a few few healthy habits with your children.
If you were ever a part of the Girl Scouts organization yourself, you know that a big part of their mission is to get girls outdoors and exploring the world around them. In fact, camping is essential to Girl Scouts mission. It is about the outdoors, and developing a deep appreciation for nature. Girls enjoy camping with their troop or attending Girl Scout day and evening or resident sleep-away camp. From high adventure with kayaking, archery and rock climbing to traditional camps with crafts, singing, hiking, and cooking over an open fire, Girl Scout camps give girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults.
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. Find your local council to enroll girls in camp programs.
The Together Counts program is nationwide and provided by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to inspire activity and healthy living via physical activity and nutrition, a fundamental underpinning of efforts to reduce obesity. The main principle behind their program is called Energy Balance, which just means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we expend.
- Energy In: the calories you get from eating and drinking.
- Energy Out: the calories you burn from physical activities.
In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts developed three “healthy habits” booklets to easily incorporate energy balance into meetings, outings, events, and adventures. These free booklets help guide girls as they learn to lead active, healthy lifestyles.
And they’re not just for a certain age group! 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 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.
Together, Girl Scouts and Together Counts are committed to providing girls and their parents with the knowledge necessary to make healthy and informed choices as well as to encourage and inspire them to live a fun and active lifestyle.
For more information on these booklets or to find out more about either the Girl Scout Council or Together Counts visit the Girl Scouts on either Twitter or Facebook and check out the Together Counts blog, and Twitter and Pinterest pages.
For more information on teaching your children to lead a healthier lifestyle, visit the Together Counts website where you’ll find consumer friendly material aimed at parents and educators by providing resources, tips, recipes, and more.