Girl Scouts and Bono Join Forces to Battle Youth Health Crisis


June 12, 2007

CRT/tanaka - Lisa Harris (646) 218-6022
CRT/tanaka - Elizabeth King (203) 733-5126
Rep. Mary Bono - Jason Vasquez (202) 226-5365

WHO: Congresswoman Mary Bono (CA-45); Kathy Cloninger, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA; Jeanine Cogan Ph.D., Policy Director of Eating Disorders Coalition; and 100 uniformed Girl Scouts from across the nation.

WHAT: Congresswoman Mary Bono, a long-standing advocate and sponsor of historic health legislation, including the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Modernization Act and Combating Autism Act of 2006, will host a press conference with Girl Scouts of the USA to introduce legislation that addresses a fundamental health crisis affecting America's youth.

Congresswoman Bono will be joined by representatives from various national organizations to deliver remarks following a full day of advocacy by more than 700 young and adult Girl Scout representatives who are scheduled to meet with legislators on Capitol Hill to advance the issue of healthy living among girls. The health legislation being advocated across Capitol Hill by the Girls Scouts of the USA encourages federally supported cross-sector collaborations for improving the health and well-being of young people.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 13 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cannon Terrace; located at the corner of New Jersey Ave., S.E., and Independence Ave., S.E., on the steps of the Cannon House office building.

For more information, please contact Jason Vasquez, Communications Director, at 202-225-5330 (office), or 202-225-2657 (cell).

About Girl Scouts

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U [(800) 478-7248] or visit www.girlscouts.org.