Monday, March 5, 2012

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Girl Scouts of the USA Partner to Promote a Healthy and Active Lifestyle

This weekend Girl Scouts of the USA's national board member and president of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Lisa Gable, joined Girl Scout Council of our Nation’s Capitol CEO, Lidia Soto-Harmon, at the DC Step Showcase to announce a new series of Journey’s to promote healthy living.

Through a generous donation by Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, GSUSA will incorporate Journeys into key concepts found in the Energy Balance 101 curriculum, which Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation developed together with Discovery Education and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. These customized booklets, created for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors, will provide councils and volunteers a turnkey model for delivering a Journey that focuses on a healthy and active lifestyle.

"This initiative will reach girls as soon as they are old enough to begin thinking seriously about living a healthy, active lifestyle, and while they are still at a stage when they are shaping their attitudes and habits," said Ms. Gable.

The nationwide Together Counts™ program inspires active and healthy living. The principle behind the program is Energy Balance – balancing the calories you consume with the calories you burn.

Together Counts representatives were on hand at the DC Step Show with the 1,300 attendees to exercise through stepping. Stepping, rooted in the cultural dance traditions of Africa and made popular in the United States by African-American fraternities and sororities since the early 1900s, is a form of percussive dance in which the entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. Though sometimes performed by an individual, most step routines are created and performed by groups of three or more people.