Girl Scout Mandy Price and Marshall Mouse give a thumbs up at Price's health fair. The Girl Scout said she wanted to educate children about the benefits of healthy lifestyles. Courtesy photo

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Girl Scout’s health fair educates children

By From page A3 | March 20, 2013

Girl Scout Mandy Price spent a Saturday morning educating people about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

For her her Girl Scout Gold Award project to benefit children in her community, Price recently hosted a health fair in El Dorado Hills that focused on exercising and eating healthy. Booths at the event educated visitors about bike safety, portion control, dental health, smoking and chiropractic care. Attendees also received fresh fruits and vegetables.

“Childhood health is something that is very important to me,” said Price. “In fact, I want to be a pediatric neurologist. Having my Gold Award be focused on childhood health seemed like an obvious choice. I thought that having a health fair would have the strongest impact on educating kids.”

Mandy said she was pleased at the turnout of her event and she enjoyed watching the children explore each booth. “At each booth I watched as kids saw the effects of smoking or not brushing their teeth, and their surprise when they learned how small a portion size can be,” she said. “They seemed to be both learning something and having fun, which was my goal.”

Price has been an active member of Girl Scouts for nine years.

“Girl Scouts has taught me how to put others before myself,” she said. “Over the years I have gained a sense of selflessness, and one of my top priorities in life is helping others. Girl Scouts allows me to help others, both fellow Girl Scouts and people in the community. Being a Girl Scout provides many opportunities. The opportunities I have had, including being a counselor-in-training at camp and my Gold Award, give me a sense of fulfillment.”

Mandy is currently a senior at Ponderosa High School where she is the Captain of the Speech and Debate Team. She plans to attend a four year university in the fall.

Samita Dutta

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