Youth health fair Saturday

Four Cadette Girl Scouts from Troops 50387 and 50737 are organizing a free health fair for all children and teens of Greenwich on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The girls, all eighth graders at Eastern Middle School, decided to address issues that are facing children and teens such as cyberbullying and obesity and so the Happy Healthy Kids Health Fair was born. The Scouts recruited experts from all areas of health and wellness, who will bring their knowledge to the Old Greenwich Riverside Civic Center for the event on Saturday.

“We are really concerned that if kids don’t learn about healthy eating habits early enough, they will be at risk for obesity,” said Hannah Buehler, one of the event organizers.

“We really want to help kids in the community learn that healthy foods can be just as delicious as chips or candy,” added Alexandra Buss.

Haley Olivia explained, “Our goal is to bring in adults who can help the people who attend our health fair by bringing in healthy foods for them to taste, or showing them how to prepare foods that are yummy and nutritious.”

Childhood obesity is just one of the areas that the health fair will address. Olivia Dallape, the fourth member of the committee, has recruited Willa Skin Care, a company whose motto is “start young, stay young” to teach kids about taking care of their skin using all natural ingredients.Other participants include the Greenwich Police Department, a bicycle safety station presented by Girl Scout Troop 50650, Family Centers, Mike’s Organic Delivery and The Edge of Greenwich.

The Scouts organized the fair in order to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest award in Girl Scouting. The Silver Award is presented for a community project that is sustainable and requires a minimum of fifty hours of service from each participant.

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