Receives Funding Through Operation Weed and Seed

Mar 25, 2010 Posted in Newsroom, Press Releases

Pittsburgh, PA - Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) has received $3,780 in funding through Operation Weed and Seed to deliver its “Healthy Living Sampler” program to 100 girls in West Pittsburgh (Chartiers City, Crafton Heights, Elliott, Esplen, Fairywood, Sheraden, West End and Windgap). Operation Weed and Seed is a partnership of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, the U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania and community stakeholders in federally-designated Weed and Seed sites.

This program for girls in grades 4-8 encourages a healthy lifestyle through the exploration and practice of healthy living activities. Activities revolve around Bullying, Diversity, Self Esteem, Financial Literacy, Nutrition and Exercise. Backed by studies conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), GSWPA combines new data with nearly 100 years of experience —meeting Pennsylvania educational standards.

“One of the most significant threats to girls’ health is low self-esteem. It can lead to stress and depression, contribute to risky behaviors like substance abuse and eating disorders, and impact school attendance and grades,” states Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania CEO, Patricia A. Burkart. “Staying fit and taking power and pride in healthy choices enhances a girl’s feelings about her body image and overall well-being.”

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