Thursday, September 23, 2010

Help Your Sister Girl Scouts Win a $50K Grant!

That's right - vote to help sister Girl Scouts win a $50,000 grant! The Aetna Foundation is hosting a Fight Childhood Obesity Grant Contest on its website and Girl Scouts of Connecticut has been selected as one of 10 organizations nationwide to compete to win a $50,000 grant. The funds would enhance Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s new Live Healthy, Lead Healthy program for girls. The Aetna Foundation will award the grant to the organization that receives the most number of votes so everyone’s vote is vital! Please support your sister Girl Scouts by clicking here to vote before the contest ends on October 5. You can vote up to 25 times! Let’s rally all of our Girl Scout family and friends to help ensure that more girls will live healthy and lead healthy!

Obesity is a serious health concern for children and adolescents. It's a rapidly growing problem in the United States, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among pre-school age children 2-5 years of age, obesity increased from 5 to 10.4% between 1976-1980 and 2007-2008 and from 6.5 to 19.6% among 6-11 year olds. Among adolescents aged 12-19, obesity increased from 5 to 18.1% during the same period. Vote Now!