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Healthy lives = happy lives

Submitted by Staci Calderon

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Troop 4636 ventured out to Natural Grocers and learned how to shop healthy and prepare lunches to maintain healthy bodies. Great experience!Thank you to Natural Grocers for taking the time with our girls.

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Healthy Living Conference on Western Slope a huge success

 

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Submitted by Allison Ellington
Grand Junction
Western Slope

Troop 33 from Grand Junction had some great ideas on what they wanted to learn about at an older girl conference. I met with them, we brainstormed and this Healthy Living Conference was the result. Thanks for the fantastic ideas! We had so many community partners ready to come to this and share their expertise, it was fantastic. We also had a great turnout – 35 Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors from all over the Western Slope.

We started the day off with some Crossfit training and dancing with some coaches from Kaia Fitness. The girls learned about healthy skin and how to protect themselves from the harsh sun from Rodan and Fields representative, Kristin. We had a psychologist come in and do a workshop on dealing with emotions and stress. They followed that up with making stress balls and doing some meditative relaxation. Thanks for that, Dr. Amy.

The girls loved making their own healthy lunch together while trying out some fun tools from Pampered Chef helper, Laura. Lunch was all purchased at Natural Grocers who also sent their Nutritionist, Dustin. The girls had a ton of questions for him! We ended the day with some relaxing and centering yoga with our favorite yoga instructor, Maegan. What a blast! I have heard back from girls and parents that this was a very impactful day – they had a great time and learned a ton. All of our community partners can’t wait to do this again.

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Hundreds enjoy Girl Scouts Healthy Living Expo

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Hundreds of Girl Scouts and their families and friends joined Girl Scouts of Colorado for our Healthy Living Expo at the DaVita World Headquarters in Denver on Wednesday evening, July 10. The event was sponsored by DaVita, ZisBoomBah, Anthem, Waterpik, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, Delta Dental, Sports Authority and Big 5 Sporting Goods.

Participants discovered more about healthy living through hands-on activities in a fun carnival setting. Activity booths included information about nutrition, exercise, strong bones, heart health, self-esteem, fitness and more. There were also prizes given away, including iPods and restaurant gift cards. Booths and activity stations were courtesy of Girl Scouts of Colorado and our community partners, including ZisBoomBah, Live Well Colorado, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, DaVita, United States Olympic Committee, Mary Lee Chin – Dietician, BYOU “Be Your Own You!” Magazine, Juice Plus+, MELT Bath & Skincare, and Body & Brain Holistic Yoga.

Recognition was also given to Girl Scouts who had completed Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Challenge during the past year.

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director with Girl Scouts of Colorado, with help from Rachelle Trujillo, Chief Marketing Officer with Girl Scouts of Colorado, and Sloan Gonzales, Program Support Specialist with Girl Scouts of Colorado

An Interview with ZisBoomBah’s Quest All Star Girl Scout

 

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Many of you have heard about Girl Scouts of Colorado’s partnership with an amazing online program called ZisBoomBah. The program is for Girl Scout Daisies-Juniors, and it centered on Healthy Living. This FREE program for Girl Scouts of Colorado members takes girls through healthy living quests that are fun, interactive and educational.

We caught up with Girl Scout Cherysh and her mom Kacey to see what they thought about ZisBoomBah. Cherysh is not just any Girl Scout on ZisBoomBah. She has done the most quests out of any other girl in the whole state, with a total of 19 quests completed. Now that is an accomplishment! Cherysh started on the site back in October as a Girl Scout Juliette with the help of her mom Kacey.

When we asked Cherysh what inspired her to do 19 quests, Cherysh said “Why not! They are really, really fun, and I learned a lot of fun new things at the same time!” What was your favorite quest, we asked? “I loved the Halloween quest. It was cool, but Pick Chow is my favorite, and I play it all the time” What is Pick Chow, and why do you like it so much? “Pick Chow is a quest where you make a meal, and it has to be the right portion sizes. Then you send it in, and your meal can get featured as the Meal of the Week. Mine has been featured before!” We asked Cherysh what are some other cool things that she got to do on ZisBoomBah? “ I have an Antatar. Her name is Princess C, and I have earned points (by playing quests) to buy her dresses. Right now I want to try to earn enough points to get her a cell phone.” We asked Cherysh what she would tell other Girl Scouts to convince them to join ZisBoomBah, “You should join ZisBoomBah because it helps you be more active, you get to play new games, it is so fun, and I love the Antatars. I am going to keep going and keep doing ZisBoomBah, and they should to!”

We also talked with Cherysh’s mom Kacey to see what she thought of the program and how ZisBoomBah has impacted their family over the last few months. “ZisBoomBah has affected our whole family. At first it started with Cherysh using the site, she was more conscious of what she was eating, she was more active, and she was learning so much. Then it started something for our whole family. ZisBoomBah would send out emails with recipes for meal ideas and snacks that we have tried as a family. I can also go on as a parent and create quests for Cherysh to do that are specialized to what she needs to work on, like spelling for example, not just healthy living.” We asked Kacey the same question we asked Cherysh about what would you tell other Girl Scouts and their families to convince them to join ZisBoomBah, “It is a great tool to get your family eating healthier, to learn things like portion control, meal ideas, game ideas for both inside and out to help get your whole family more active.

Wow, Cherysh is quite an amazing girl and healthy one! She has taken the Live Healthy Lead Healthy Challenge, she is changing the way her family sees healthy living thanks to ZisBoomBah, and is still going! So leaders, parents, and girls who is next? You have heard what Cherysh and Kacey had to say and now it is your turn. You can still sign your troop up or your individual girl for ZisBoomBah by May 31st and complete three quests and you will receive the ZisBoomBah Patch for Free. For more information or to sign up please contact Monica Slater at Monica.Slater@gscolorado.org

Learn more on how you can get involved in this program on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

ZisBoomBah is calling all Girl Scout Daisies

Attention, Attention, Attention… ZisBoomBah is calling all Girl Scout Daisies. Did you know that ZisBoomBah is for Daisies too, they have quests designed just for them! ZisBoomBah is a Daisy friendly online gaming site where girls can learn all about healthy living and have a blast while doing it. ZisBoomBah has lots of quests for girls to do but they also have Daisy specific quests. Quests are what ZisBoomBah calls their online games and activities. Girls will learn about how their bodies need energy, what foods give them energy, how to have fun with fitness, and many more. Here is a great example of a Daisy quest called The ABC’s of Eating…

What we’re learning:
Goal 1 – How do vitamins keep your body strong and healthy?
Goal 2 – Why is it important to eat a variety of foods?

Boom pulls Bah out of the kitchen and into the sun.

“Thanks for all the cooking, Bah, but it’s good for you to be outside!” says Boom.

“Why is that?” asks Bah.

“You get vitamin D powers for strong bones when you stand in the sun or drink milk,” explains Boom.

“Don’t forget all the vitamin powers you get from eating fruits and veggies, too!” adds Zis as she joins them.

“What kinds of powers?” asks Bah, who likes cooking very much.

“Leafy greens like spinach, meat, and eggs give you vitamin B energy power,” says Zis. “Vitamin B has a big family—B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12!”

“That’s a good one to know,” replies Boom as he jogs in place.

“Oh oh! Fruits and veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes give you vitamin A, which makes it easier to see at night in the dark!” says Zis excitedly.

“Ooo, I like that one,” says Bah.

“And fruits and veggies like oranges and broccoli have vitamin C. It helps your body heal if you get hurt!” adds Zis.

“Oranges are my favorite. Good thing, because I get a lot of scrapes,” says Boom. Zis and Bah laugh.

To check out this quest and more at http://www.zisboombah.com/. To sign your Girl Scout troop up or for more information, please contact sloan.moore@gscolorado.org. If your troop signs up by November 30th and completes two quests, they will receive the Brand New ZisBoomBah Patch for FREE! What are you waiting for? Sign up today!

Girl Scouts honor 2012 Denver Women of Distinction at Thin Mint Dinner

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A capacity crowd of 550+ joined Girl Scouts of Colorado at the Sheraton Denver Downtown for an exciting Thin Mint Dinner to honor the 2012 Denver-metro class of Girl Scout Women of Distinction. The event raised $200,000+ for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

The event spotlighted Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative, focusing on self-esteem, good nutrition, exercise and reducing childhood obesity. Premiering at the event was a video on healthy living created by Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 3810. (View the video here.) Lead sponsor for this initiative is the Thiry O’Leary Foundation.

Emcees for the event were Cheryl Preheim, 9News anchor, and Marcelo Balboa, Hall of Fame Colorado Rapids player and Monarch High School coach. Troop 3449 opened the event with a flag ceremony and instrumental musical assistance provided by Girl Scouts of Troop 1472, Victoria Shead (violin) and Melissa Cardenas (cello). The emcees also led an inspirational panel discussion at the event with this year’s Women of Distinction honorees on women’s leadership. (View the video here.)

The three-course dinner featured the creative use of Girl Scout Cookies. (View the recipes here.) Honorary event chair was Former First Lady of Colorado Jeannie Ritter (2009 Woman of Distinction). Event co-chairs were Susan Knox with Cricket and Katherine Peck (1998 Woman of Distinction) with The Gill Foundation.

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, philanthropic, government, education and community leaders. They are committed to making the world a better place for the girls of today and tomorrow. They donate their time, talents and experience to Girl Scouting and also support Girl Scouts financially. Since 1997, 387 women have been named as Women of Distinction in the Denver-metro area and raised more than $1.5 million for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

2012 Denver-metro Women of Distinction are: Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, Peg Bradley-Doppes, Juanita Chacon, Tricia Downing, Melba “Mel” Johnston, Denise O’Leary, Maren Stewart (Learn more about these women here.)

Special thanks goes to the following major sponsors of this event: DaVita, Comcast, UMB Bank, Wagner Equipment Company, Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield, FirstBank and Delta Dental of Colorado.

For more information on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Women of Distinction program, visit our website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/donors/women-of-distinction. And watch the local press in the next few weeks for articles about this event (we will post links to the stories here too).

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Girl Scouts are in love with ZisBoomBah!

In case you have not heard about ZisBoomBah, the amazing program that Girl Scout troops are raving about. ZisBoomBah is an online gaming program for Daisy-Junior Girls Scouts that is centered on Healthy Living. This FREE program for Girl Scouts of Colorado members takes girls through healthy living quests that are fun, interactive, and educational. Troops love this program and here is what they had to say about what they thought about the site. Hollie Hambly a Colorado Springs Girl Scout Junior troop leader loves ZisBoomBah and so do her girls. “Girls are creating obstacle courses, trying new food and recipes at home with their families; they look forward to going on the site and completing the quests.” Hollie’s troop does 30 min of healthy living each troop meeting, “the girls really look forward to that part of the meeting,” said Hollie. A local Denver Girl Scout Brownie troop is planning on using ZisBoomBah to help them complete their Brownie Quest by working with their families around healthy living. “Our troop is earning our Family Star and is planning on using ZisBoomBah to help earn this award,” said Kristin Hamm a Girl Scout Brownie troop leader in the Denver area.

“ZisBoomBah is a creative and fun way for girls to learn about Healthy Living and it is less work for the leader because the activities are already created,” said one leader when asked about the site. Troops also have the freedom to create their own quests that apply to exactly what their troop and girls are working on. “My girls inspired me to write quests for our troop, I wanted ones that the girls could help create,” said Hollie who has created quite a few quests for her troop to complete. When a girl completes a quest she earns points, which she can use to buy accessories for her Antvatar.

What are girls saying…

“I love my Antvatar, I created it, and I get to use my points to dress her up,” said one Girl Scout Junior in Hollie’s troop. My girls love the message boards; they get to talk to each other in a safe and fun environment, stated Hollie. “I really like the Pick Chow program; right now I am trying to get all my stars so I can win my dessert,” stated Hollie’s daughter. Pick Chow is an online quest where girls learn about portions and what we should be eating at each meal. The Girl Scout Juniors and their families love the recipes that they find on the site, and the recipes give families a fun way to try new foods and the girls earn points for their quests in the process.

Are you and your girls ready to sign up? Any girl in a troop or a Juliette can join ZisBoomBah. Whether you just want to do a few quests or want to do 50, you will fall in love with this site. ZisBoomBah really is for everyone! This is a fun, free and amazing resource just for Girl Scouts of Colorado, and you do not want to pass this up. Also, if your troop or individual girl member signs up by November 30th and completes two quests, you will receive the ZisBoomBah fun patch for Free! Check out ZisBoomBah at www.zisboombah.com.

If you are ready to get started or have questions, contact Sloan Moore sloan.moore@gscolorado.org  to get your troop or Girl Scout signed up!

Have You Heard About ZisBoomBah Yet?

By now you have most likely heard about ZisBoomBah but you may be wondering what exactly is a “quest”? Quests are stories with goals that help the kids learn about health, nutrition, fitness and more. You can assign quests developed by ZisBoomBah to the members of your troop, and they earn rewards for completing their quests. ZisBoomBah and Girl Scouts have created customized Quests that work with the GSUSA Journeys and Badges. Such as the Daisy Between, Earth, and Sky Journey, the Brownie Wow Wonders of Water Journey, and the Junior Get Moving Journey. There are also several badges the girls can earn on ZisBoomBah; they can earn the My Best Self and Staying Fit badge all by doing quests. You also have the option of writing your own quests and assigning your own rewards specific to your troop!

Quests feature the ZisBoomBah mascots Zis, Boom and Bah in short stories that illustrate the quest topic, and then missions are activities the girls can take on individually or as a group. Girls can check off the missions as they complete them, and get point rewards when they finish the quest. These points can go towards purchasing different accessories for their own personal Ant they create, what we call an “Antatar”.

What if your troop is not doing the journeys listed above, you can still do ZisBoomBah! There are a series of fun healthy living quests that your girls can participate in for fun or you can create quests for your troop that do go along with the journey or badge your troop is doing.

What if your troop does not want to do ZisBoomBah but you do, or you are not in a troop, ZisBoomBah is still perfect for you! You can complete quests alongside of other individual girl members and have a blast while doing it.

ZisBoomBah really is for everyone! This is a fun, free, and amazing resource just for Girl Scouts of Colorado you do not want to pass this up. If your troop or individual girl member signs up by November 30th and completes two quests you will receive the ZisBoomBah fun patch for Free!

If you’re ready to get started or have questions, contact Sloan Moore sloan.moore@gscolorado.org  to get your troop signed up!

Girl Scout ‘goes for the Gold’ in Hungary

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In mid-September, Girl Scout Paige Witter from Denver traveled to Hungary to compete for Team USA in the Modern Pentathlon Youth World Championships. Pentathlon includes competitions in fencing, running, shooting and swimming. A total of six USA athletes competed.

Paige’s journey to Hungary only began in the summer of 2011.

“I started pentathlon last summer when I began fencing,” said Paige. “My fencing coach heard that I had been swimming for seven years, so she sent me down to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for a Pentathlon camp. I competed in Nationals that summer, and continued to train throughout my junior year of high school. This past summer I again competed in the National Competition, and placed 2nd, and qualified for the Youth A World Championships in Tata, Hungary.”

Paige says she trains five to six times a week. Her training routine includes swimming three to five times, fencing and shooting three to four, and running every day she trains.

“I really like pentathlon because you can never get bored. By training for multiple sports, every part of your body is tested,” said Paige. “Swimming is very physical, but in a different way than running or fencing. Fencing is also very mental, while shooting requires concentration.”

Paige has also managed to find time for Girl Scouts in between school work and her pentathlon training. She got involved in Girl Scouts as a Brownie in first grade. Her troop is very active in service projects to benefit her community. In fact, in October Paige will be completing the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, which she earned by organizing a tutoring program between her high school, George Washington, and Smiley Middle School.

“I really like my troop and troop leaders,” said Paige, who is a senior in high school this year and been with the same Girl Scout troop since 3rd grade. “Through my Gold Award I have worked to not only help kids succeed in middle school, but to provide role models and examples of success in high school and beyond.”

Paige placed 60th at the 2012 Modern Pentathlon Youth World Championships in Hungary. For more information on Pentathlon visit pentathlon.org.

2012 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction honored in Colorado Springs

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Last Thursday evening, Sept. 13th, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored their 2012 Pikes Peak Women of Distinction and Women to Watch at the Thin Mint Dinner at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. A group of nearly 225 gathered at the event, which raised money for local Girl Scouting programs as well.

This dinner event spotlighted Girl Scouts’ Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative, focusing on self-esteem, good nutrition and exercise that will help prevent health issues and other serious ailments that affect girls and women. Premiering at the event was a video on healthy living created by Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 3810. View the video here.

Nancy Saltzman, who recently published Radical Survivor: One Woman’s Path Through Life, Love, and Uncharted Tragedy, was the keynote speaker, and Craig Eliot from KOAA-TV and Katie Carroll from the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado were the emcees. U.S. Olympic bobsledding athlete Emily Azevedo, who placed 5th in the 2010 Olympics, signed autographs and posed for photos with guests as well as spoke about healthy living and the impact Girl Scouts had on her life. The event was a three-course dinner featuring the creative use of Girl Scout Cookies. Event chair was Mary Lou Makepeace, the 2002 Girl Scouts of Colorado Mary Jean Larson Community Service Award recipient.

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction or Women to Watch. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, philanthropic, government, education and community leaders. They are committed to making the world a better place for the girls of today and tomorrow. They donate their time, talents and experience to Girl Scouting and also support Girl Scouts financially. Since 2000, 43 women have been named as Pikes Peak Women of Distinction and raised more than $300,000 for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

2012 Girl Scouts Pikes Peak region Women of Distinction are: Claire Garcia, Rosemary Harris Lytle, Dee Vazquez Sabol, Mary Thurman and Linda Weise

2012 Girl Scouts Pikes Peak region Women to Watch are: Liz Denson and Amanda Mountain (This was a new honor in 2012 recognizing emerging women leaders under 40.)

Special thanks goes to the following sponsors of this event: FirstBank, Cricket Communications, The Gazette, Ent Federal Credit Union, Mido Printing, Delta Dental of Colorado, El Pomar Foundation and BKD LLP.

For more information on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Women of Distinction program, visit our website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/donors/women-of-distinction. The Colorado Springs Gazette also did a nice post event article with photos in their Sunday, Sept. 30th, edition. There was also an article in the Oct. 12th Cheyenne/Woodman Editions.

Posted by Amanda Kalina, Director of PR, Girl Scouts of Colorado