Exercise and creative healthy recipes can positively contribute to a child’s future health. Girl Scout Cadette Kennedi of Zachary earned her Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award available for Girl Scout Cadettes, by teaching local children health and wellness tips and exercises to lead a more healthy life.
The Girl Scout wanted to increase health awareness among children in her community because she believes starting healthy habits at a young age will lead to a healthy adulthood.
“After the flood, I saw my community struggle beyond the damage left on their homes,” she said. “I wanted to help people focus on their health while rebuilding our community.”
The Cadette noticed that people were not focused on their health after the 2016 flood in Baton Rouge and wanted to provide a healthy escape from the damaged neighborhoods.
Kennedi conducted research on the food pyramid, how to have a healthy diet and how to exercise with children, using books from the East Baton Rouge Library. In July, she partnered with the YMCA’s summer camp and child center to read health and wellness kid-friendly books, and created a work-out plan appropriate for four and five year olds. The week long Health Intervention taught children easy exercises like jumping jacks, push-ups and running in place.
The Cadette helped her students understand the food pyramid and positive health choices through a 30 minute presentation and provided bookmarks and pamphlets with health tips. The literature also included a recipe for creating a healthy snack with oranges, pineapples and raisins, for children make at home with supervision.
The Girl Scout worked with up to 30 children and encouraged them to share what they learned with their family and friends as they continue to live a more healthy life. “I wanted them to know that I am doing this for my community, and to make the world a better place because that is what Girl Scouts is all about.”
The YMCA plans to invite Kennedi and her Health Intervention to work with children during the winter camp and next summer.
The Girl Scouting mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information about Girl Scouts or adult volunteer opportunities, call the council office in Baton Rouge at 225-927-8946 visit its website at www.gsle.org.