Healthy Living

Girl Scouts channel their energy in amazing directions. Did you know that today’s children watch on average 937 hours of television each year? Trends in youth related to obesity and Type 2 Diabetes are alarming; since 1970, obesity rates have more than quadrupled in girls ages 6 to 11. We spend over a billion dollars a year in North Carolina on diseases related to physical inactivity.  

Girl Scouting develops the skills girls need to live a healthy life, both emotionally and physically. Whether it’s girls and families building their endurance during a Thin Mint Sprint training walk or teen girls coming together with experts to discuss healthy relationships, our healthy living programs are designed to help girls gain practical life skills and empower them to make a difference in the world.

Two of our signature healthy living initiatives are:

Scouting for the Cure™ - Saturday, February 8, 2014

Scouting for the Cure™ is a program created through a partnership with the Charlotte, NC affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to create breast health awareness among girls and their families.  SFTC is the first program of its kind in the country and was one of the original Model Programs with national Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Created 12 years ago by a GSHNC troop leader and her sister, both breast cancer survivors, this program educates Girl Scouts and their families about breast health and breast cancer through a variety of fun, creative activities in a safe and nurturing environment.  SFTC has been implemented by other Komen affiliates across the country, and there is now international interest in the program. Four events will run concurrently in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties this year, serving more than 1,200 participants.  

Locations/Times:

  • Cabarrus County - CMC Northeast; 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Mecklenburg County - South Mecklenburg High School; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Stanly County - Pfeiffer University; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Union County - Sun Valley Middle School; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cost is $8 per girl and includes a SFTC patch.  To register, click the orange Online Registration button on the left, click on Program Event and continue through the process.

Volunteers are needed to help with event activities.  Contact Megan Reynolds mreynolds@hngirlscouts.org for more information.