March Gold Award Highlight – Christine
1. What was the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?
My love for fitness became the inspiration behind my Gold Award Project, “Stay Fit for Life"
The issue my Gold Award project addressed is the lack of physical fitness, as well as lack of knowledge about health and well-being and how this affects one’s health. The program encouraged the residents of Good Counsel Homes in Riverside, a residential care and community-based program for homeless, expectant and new mothers and their children to incorporate physical fitness into their daily lives, as well as educate them on different types of exercise.
I first heard of Good Counsel Homes when I volunteered as a babysitter last year. While babysitting, I discovered that Good Counsel holds life skill classes for the residents. I was pondering ideas for my Girl Scout Gold Award and I met with Allyson DeSante, House Manager, to discuss the needs of Good Counsel. I discovered that Good Counsel did not have a health and fitness program. Being an avid athlete, I decided to develop a 6-week program for the residents to teach them different type of exercises that they could incorporate into their busy schedules. I enlisted the help from local area fitness instructors and last summer the month of July was called Fitness Month at Good Counsel Homes.
2. What sustainable impact did your Gold Award project have on the com...