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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Receives $20,000 Grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation

July 26, 2013

Girl Scouts of Connecticut recognizes that obesity is a national and local crisis, impacting the lives of young women. That’s why Girl Scouts of Connecticut created its signature healthy living initiative, Live Healthy, Lead Healthy. This initiative is a holistic approach to health that educates girls across the state about childhood obesity and the benefits of fitness, nutrition, and stress reduction. Through a variety of programs for ages 5-17, girls are provided with tools to make positive choices in their lives, building their self-esteem while being supported by friends and family.

Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation, Girl Scouts of Connecticut will be able to expand this programming over the summer to more than 1,200 girls in the communities of Danbury, Norwalk, Stamford, and Greenwich, through longstanding community partnerships in those cities. The funds will be used to reach underserved girls through staff-led programs in a variety of community locations, create family communication pieces to engage families in what their girls are learning, offer a family day event for the girls, and train new volunteer facilitators.

 “With the recent declaration by the American Medical Association of obesity as a disease, we recognize the importance of teaching healthy habits to our girls that they will carry with them into adulthood,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “This grant gives us the opportunity to reach a large number of girls during the summer, while engaging their families to help our girls continue to make healthy choices after the program. We are grateful to receive this grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation and are appreciative of their support for our efforts to create a healthier generation.”

The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds. The Foundation provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded over $151 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit

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