Greenwich Girl Scout Gold Award Project Makes Food Fun and Healthy for Kids

Ambassador Girl Scout Annie Wissmann at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. Contributed photo

Ambassador Girl Scout Annie Wissmann at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. Contributed photo

Ambassador Girl Scout Annie Wissmann ran a healthy food program at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, and is on her way to earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.

With the overall goal of addressing the issue of childhood obesity Annie combined two of her passions – cooking and creativity – to develop a series of classes to teach kids how to make their own healthy snacks.

Annie met weekly with kids ages 8-12 after school at the Boys & Girls Club on Horseneck Lane and taught them how to prepare healthy snacks like fruit smoothies, hummus & veggies, parfait, finger sandwiches, and zucchini bread.

Also, Annie created a recipe book and plans to post the recipes and healthy lifestyle tips on a website.

A senior at Greenwich High School, Annie has been supported by her troop, friends, family, health teacher, Boys & Girls Club program director and her Gold mentor on this project.

She applied for a grant from the Greenwich Girl Scouts service unit to cover her project grocery expenses, and is preparing to submit her final report to Girl Scouts of Connecticut. She expects to have her final interview in a few weeks.

For more information on the Girl Scout Gold Award, please go to http://www.gsofct.org/pages/GoldAward.php