Healthy eating habits start early, and by sharing nutrition information with younger Girl Scouts, Junior Troop 1535 turned that into a successful Bronze Award project. More than 100 local Kindergarten and 1st grade Daisy Girl Scouts got the message in a fun way at the Daisy Playday in April here in Orange.
The "Food Fun" Playday was organized and run by 14 Junior Girl Scouts in an effort to earn their Bronze Award. Presented for leadership and service, the Bronze Award is the highest national honor available to Junior Girl Scouts.
Food Fun featured five activity stations that covered many important aspects of nutrition and exercise. The Daisy's enjoyed tasting a rainbow of colorful fruits and made craft projects using the new "My Plate" nutrition guidelines. The girls also learned that special treats, such as candy and cupcakes, are "sometimes" foods; foods to be eaten occasionally. To encourage exercise, the girls played outdoor games to help get the needed 60 minutes of physical activity each day. The event also included a food drive that brought in almost 200 canned goods, which were donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
The Juniors are in fifth grade at Linda Vista Elementary and have been together as a troop since Kindergarten themselves. "We love working with younger Girl Scouts, and we wanted to make our Bronze Award about service to them," said Olivia Rizzuto, a 10-year-old Junior. "Food Fun was about learning while having a good time."
The smiles all around the room meant the mission was accomplished. "We had a blast at Daisy Playday," said Sheri Gomez, leader of Daisy Troop 2622, after the event. "We appreciate the Juniors' enthusiasm and dedication."
Junior Troop 1535 was supported in their Bronze Award efforts by leaders Janis Rissuto and Michelle Landrith as well as seven Senior Girl Scouts from Troops 2297, 816 and 2139.
The girls did an awesome event and their parents, leaders and the Orange County Girl Scout Council are very proud of them. Great job, Juniors!!
If you would like more information on the Choose My Plate nutrition guides go to www.Choosemyplate.gov
To learn more about or to help Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County go to www.feedoc.org
If you would like to know more about Girl Scouting in Orange County please check out their fun website at www.GSCOC.org