Friday, August 29, 2014

Jogging with Juliette is a year-long Health and Wellness program created by Badgerland Council for Badgerland Girl Scouts! The goal is to get girls and their families moving together and learning to make conscious, healthy living choices. As program participants, the girls and their families will embark on a Healthy Living journey together as they walk (figuratively) from Wisconsin to Savannah, Georgia - the birthplace of Girl Scouts!

In the beginning of their journey, all registered participants will receive a pedometer and a Health and Wellness daily log to keep track of all of the steps they have walked and health and wellness steps they have earned during their journey. Steps can be earned by  becoming physically active or by participating in healthy living activities such as drinking more water, engaging in proper self care and by making healthier choices for themselves. Those steps are then  tracked on a Jogging with Juliette map as they walk their way to Savannah.  The more steps girls earn; the healthier she will be and the closer on her walk to Savannah!

All  Jogging with Juliettes participants also receive eight  fun, motivational newsletters in their home mailbox. The newsletters are filled with healthy living skills, new recipes, inspiration and motivation, and much more! Girl  will also get a log-in to this site  and play games, discover new recipes, learn more ways to live a healthy life and track their steps online using Geopalz.

You do not need to be an athlete or enjoy sports to participate in this program.  Everyone will succeed and learn to make smart choices toward healthy living and better self-care for both the inside and the outside.  Join us today and  start your Healthy Living Journey as we walk together to Savannah!
Importance of the program

Thirty years ago most people led lives that kept them healthy.  They walked more, ate dinners together as a family, and consumed more whole foods.  Over time however, family dinners, healthy foods and active lifestyles have been replaced by fast food restaurants, eating on the go, supermarkets full of processed foods. Plus more families turned to TV and video games for entertainment.  According to recent studies, nearly 2/3 of all adults and 1/3 (16 – 33 %) of children are overweight or obese.  Changes in lifestyles and eating habits have led to more and more individuals becoming overweight and obese. The American society has become characterized by an environment that promotes a decrease in eating healthy and being active.  Sugary drinks, advertisement of less healthy options, lack of daily physical activity in schools, no safe appealing place for children or families to go in their community to get active, limited access to healthy affordable foods and increased portion sizes are all environmental risk factors. 

Over the last three decades, the childhood obesity rate for children ages 2-5 and 12-19 has more than doubled, while the obesity rate for children ages 6-11 has tripled. As of 2012, approximately 9 million children over the age of six were considered obese. In Wisconsin alone, over 25% of children are obese. Here's another way to put those statistics into perspective: Badgerland Council serves more than 13,200 girls - using the  Wisconsin obesity statistic formula this means over 3300 girls are obese.

Obesity during childhood is a growing epidemic.  According to studies completed by the American Medical Association, children who grow up overweight or obese are more likely to become obese as adults.  One study found that approximately 80% of children who are overweight by age 10 were reported to be obese as adults at the age of 25.  Obesity that begins before the age of 8 is more likely to become severe in adulthood.  Childhood Obesity has been proven to lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes.

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland recognizes the need to provide health and wellness programs that will help the girls and their families live a healthier life. Jogging with Juliette is just one of our health and wellness programs aimed at getting girls and families moving together toward wellness!

Who Can Participate?

Who Can Jog with Juliette!

Jogging with Juliette is open to any girl ages 5-17, adults and families who want to have fun while learning different ways to live a healthier life. You can participate in the program with your family or independently.

Anyone who participates must have a current Girl Scout membership, if need to update or need a new membership please contact us at membership@gsbadgerland.org.


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Program Costs

Girl Scout Registration: $20* girl ($12 per adult) If you are already registered as a Girl Scout you do not need to pay the Girl Scout registration.

Program Cost: $30 (per registration)
What is included in the Program cost:
• Girl Scout Pedometer
• Water Bottle
• Walking and Wellness Log
• Steps Tracking Map
• 8 monthly easy-to-read newsletters filled with activities, information and motivation.
• Access to the interactive Jogging with Juliette website.
• 1 free ticket to the Family Fitness Festivals in June 2013!


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