When more than 90 K–5 girls gathered at Wyoming Elementary in the Forest Lake School District in late October, they were there to learn about healthy living and spend time with other Girl Scouts in their school—but they also left with an unexpected lesson.
Girl Scout volunteer Michelle DuBois and her troop of fourth graders worked with Allina Health to create the event, which introduced Girl Scout Brownies and Daisies to healthy living. Split into four activity stations, the younger girls learned about fitness through experiments with pedometers; read food labels and saw examples of how much sugar is hiding in their favorite sodas and sports drinks; and practiced building a healthy plate with proper portion sizes.
Older Girl Scouts oversaw each of the four stations and helped the younger girls with directions through one-on-one interactions. The faces of the younger girls lit up from the attention of the older girls, and it was the first realization for many of the older girls that they can be role models to girls.
Both the older and younger girls left the event eager to seeing each other again at a future Girl Scout event—and in the hallway.
Troops interested in trying similar activities can visit our Alina Health Patches page.