Priyanka Chati of Roanoke wanted to teach kids about nutrition and fitness while they were still young, so she conducted two interactive health fairs for children ages 9-13. In doing so, she has earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement given by Girl Scouts of the USA.
A member of Girl Scout Troop 107, she received her award through Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.
Achieving the Gold Award takes true commitment and dedication. The Girl Scout Gold Award is earned by fulfilling requirements that recognize a Girl Scout Senior’s commitment to excellence as she develops leadership skills and personal values to meet present and future challenges in her life. To earn the Gold Award, Priyanka had to prove her leadership abilities by designing and carrying out a plan of activities that included community service, career exploration, and specialized interest projects. She had to meet the requirements for 65 hours of volunteer community service.
Priyanka’s health fairs, held at Penn Forest Wesleyan Church and Green Valley Elementary School, were designed to raise children’s awareness of nutritious food, fitness and medical issues such as diabetes. She set up 10 stations — with snacks, displays and activities — to address different parts of the food pyramid. A nutritionist explained the food pyramid and the benefits of exercise.
Priyanka, who wants to become a pediatrician, also created a PowerPoint presentation for pediatric medical offices and a pamphlet listing activities to teach children what it takes to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Priyanka, 18 years old and a 12th grader at Hidden Valley High School, is the daughter of Priti and Satish Chati of Roanoke. Her troop leader is Pat Montgomery.
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council is a leadership program for girls that develops life skills in business, science, and technology; provides adventures and challenges in sports, the environment, and the great outdoors; and encourages girls to give back to their communities through service projects conducted locally, across the United States, and internationally.
Submitted by Cyndi Young-Preston, Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline.