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Girls to learn how to maintain healthy lifestyles

Roy Weller

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to support Healthy Living Educational Initiatives which help girls learn about ways to develop physically, socially, and emotionally healthy lifestyles.

Through the grant, GSWPA promotes healthy living through encouraging positive relationships with food, consistent exercise and positive attitudes.  The programs offer girls opportunities for exploring and mastering the fundamentals of sports and nutrition while discovering the fun of Girl Scouting traditions.

“We are proud of our ongoing partnership with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield,” said Patricia A. Burkart, CEO of GSWPA. “Working together enables us to offer these much needed programs to girls throughout our 27-county service region in western Pennsylvania.”

Offered in partnership with area schools, the Healthy Living Initiatives promote physical fitness, leadership and the development of healthy relationships while providing a safe place for girls: contributing to the creation of engaged students. 

Above all, these programs give girls leadership opportunities so they can see first-hand how their involvement has the power to change the future, and arm them with a “can-do” spirit that carries seamlessly into many other aspects of their lives.

With the support of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, GSWPA will offer four separate eight-week programs that will serve 50-75 girls across the GSWPA council. 


About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership experience for girls and is the leading authority on girls' healthy development. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The 2.8-million-member organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, call 800-248-3355 or visit