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Girl Scouts MOU

Memorandum of Understanding

Between
The Girl Scouts of the USA

and

The United States Department of Health and Human Services

 

This Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Girl Scouts of the USA is established to collaborate in the areas of health promotion education and outreach.

 

I. Purpose

The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to formalize the understanding between the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including but not limited to the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Public Health and Science, Office on Women's Health, President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and Office of the Surgeon General, for the specific purpose of creating a partnership to reverse the current obesity epidemic among the nation's youth and to promote healthy lifestyle choices for girls. To that end, this formal agreement will focus on education, nutrition and physical activity.

 

II. Background

Pursuant to sections 1701 - 1704 and 399Y of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. ยงยง300u-300u-3, and 280h-2, the Secretary is mandated to support activities and programs that incorporate appropriate health education into our society; and is authorized to encourage others to support innovative programs in health promotion and health education; to make health information available to others who should be informed; to provide consultation and otherwise support the design and conduct of research concerning health promotion, to secure cooperation of others in activities designed to encourage health maintaining behavior; and, to collaborate with others, e.g., youth activity organizations, to educate children concerning (1) the health risks associated with obesity, inactivity, and poor nutrition; (2) ways in which to incorporate physical activity into daily living; and (3) the benefits of good nutrition and strategies to improve eating habits.

At present, HHS supports numerous research and program initiatives to promote health and prevent disease in the U.S. population. Many of these initiatives are designed to address: 1) health risks associated with obesity, inactivity and poor nutrition; 2) ways to incorporate physical activity into daily living; and 3) benefits of good nutrition and strategies to improve eating habits. HHS, through operating and staff divisions such as Office of Women's Health and the Food and Drug Administration, have recently discussed specific partnerships with GSUSA to significantly enhance their respective outreach and education capabilities and connect to the nation's youth with a comprehensive science-based initiative that focuses on improving health, nutrition, and physical activity. The GSUSA is one of the nation's preeminent organizations dedicated solely to girls. It has well-respected and highly successful programs with a present membership of nearly 3 million girls and 1 million adult volunteers. It reaches an even wider audience through the GSUSA website.

 

III. Substance of Agreement

GSUSA and HHS will launch a formal partnership initiative called "Health Living." Building on current Girl Scouts and HHS resources and programs, the initiative will provide girls and their families with the skills, knowledge and support needed to make healthier food choices, engage in physical activity, build self-esteem, and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Subsequent agreements may be developed as needed for specific components of this initiative between GSUSA and various subdivisions of HHS. Ideal components of the implementation include activities that will:

1. Promote attitudes and behaviors that will lead to a healthy lifestyle with girls and their families.

2. Educate girls and their families about the importance of good nutrition.

3. Raise awareness of girls and their families about obesity and its relationship to other major health concerns.

4. Increase participation of girls and their families in fitness and physical activities.

5. Provide Girl Scout councils with a model nutrition and fitness program that can be replicated nationwide.

6. Provide leaders with appropriate support to present the program to girls ages 5 to 17.

7. Provide specialized nutrition and fitness tools for adult volunteers.

8. Expand research and evaluation efforts on topics related to healthy living for girls.

 

IV. Fees, Charges and Contributions

HHS contributions to this initiative will initially include employee time and effort. The Office of the Secretary, HHS will not contribute funds for the development and delivery of products and services discussed in this agreement, however other HHS offices/divisions and outside organizations are not prohibited from contributing funds. Specific initiatives and work products may be negotiated between GSUSA and concerned or expert HHS organization subdivision's by amendment to this agreement or by separate agreements.

 

V. Names and Addresses of Participating Parties

A. Girl Scouts of the USA
816 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

 

B. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

 

VI. Liaison Officers

A. Laurie A. Westly
Vice President
Government Relations and Advocacy
Girls Scouts of the USA
816 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
T: 202.659.3780
F: 202.331.8065
lwestley@girlscouts.org

 

B. Jonelle C. Rowe, M.D.
Senior Advisor on Adolescents' Health
Office of Women's Health
Office of Public Health and Science
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Room 728E
Washington, D.C. 20201
T: 202.205.2373
F: 202.401.4005
jrowe@osophs.dhhs.gov

 

Susan Bond
Director of Science Policy Development
Immediate Office of the Commissioner
Food and Drug Administration
Parklawn Bldg. Room 14-89
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
T: 301.827.1622
F: 301.443.3100
Susan.Bond@fda.gov

 

VI. Period of Agreement

Either party may terminate this agreement upon delivery of written notice to the other party. The terms of the MOU do not affect or supercede any existing or future agreements or arrangements among the Parties, or their organizational subdivisions, unless incorporated by reference and these terms do not affect the ability of the Parties, or their organizational subdivisions, to enter into other agreements or arrangements whether related to this MOU or otherwise.

 

VII. Co-Sponsorship Guidance

As indicated above, and with regard to any other matters that have not specifically been addressed, HHS and GCUSA will abide by the principles discussed in a legal memorandum of August 8, 2002, entitled "Co-Sponsorship Guidance," issued by the HHS Designated Agency Ethics Official.

Approved and Accepted
for the Girl Scouts of the USA

Signed by: Kathy Cloninger, CEO

Date: October 6, 2004

Approved and Accepted
for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Signed by: Cristina V. Beato, M.D.
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS

Date: September 16, 2004