On Monday, the First Lady’s Office and the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships held a Stakeholders Meeting with faith-based and community organizations on the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. See the White House blog here.
Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, had a seat at the table with nine other faith and community organizations. She shared the message that the Girl Scout Council is excited to join Let’s Move! faith and communities to end childhood obesity. According to Lidia, “it fits perfectly with our goal to build healthy girls in our communities.”
The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital committed to the following actions:
- We will increase awareness of Let’s Move!, using our website, programs and 4,900 active Girl Scout troops
- We will challenge our 88,000 members in the tri-state region to earn the President’s Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) patch in 2011.
- And, we will promote the President’s Active Lifestyle Challenge in several ways:
- We will incorporate the President’s Active Lifestyle Challenge goals in many of our successful Council programs, camps and troop activities throughout 2011.
- We will promote participation in PALA at our highly-attended Step Showcase at Trinity Washington University in February 2011, which promotes healthy behaviors and demonstrates physical activities for girls in the District of Columbia though high-energy dance routines, reaching 1,500 members.
- We will also bring awareness to the PALA and Let’s Move, for girls with disabilities, at our national Keys to Leadership conference in March 2011, providing guidance to Girl Scout councils across the country on how to make physical activities a part of our inclusion efforts.