- Anna Maria ChavezCEO, Girl Scouts of the USA
- Connie L. LindseyNational President, Girl Scouts of the USA
- Sarah GormleyChief Marketing Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA
- Barry HorowitzChief Merchandising Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA
Tell Girl Scouts USA and Nestle to stop marketing sugary drinks to children
I am a mother of four and a proud Girl Scout Troop Leader for two troops. I have been actively involved in the Girl Scouts of the USA for over 3 years. I believe the core of what Girl Scouts represents is good; however, I am continuously appalled that the Girl Scout organization continues to put itself on the wrong end in the fight against childhood obesity.
It has recently partnered with Nestlé to launch two hyper-sweetened Nesquik chocolate milk drinks based on much-loved Girl Scout cookie flavors. With our current obesity epidemic, this new product needs to be stricken from the grocery store shelves immediately. I’m demanding that Girl Scouts of America end its ties to Nestlé, stop the product sales of this liquid sugar and stop marketing unhealthy diet options to our children.
Each of the 16-ounce bottles of Nesquik drinks contains 48 (FORTY EIGHT) grams of sugar. That's twelve teaspoons of sugar, about three to four times the amount recommended for a child's entire day! According to a recent Harvard study, "sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to more than 180,000 obesity-related deaths worldwide each year." More and more kids are becoming overweight and getting adult-type 2 diabetes, which was virtually unheard of a decade ago.
If Girl Scouts continues to partner with companies that market sugary foods/drinks to children, our future generations will surely suffer. We will continue to see a rise in childhood obesity, diabetes and poor health for our children. In ending its Nestlé partnership, Girl Scouts will take a step in the right direction and prevent possible harm or illness that may come from these sugary drinks. It will uphold their values and be true to what Girl Scouts represents. It will be creating awareness and pioneering a movement in the food industry.
We don’t want to see our children grow up with bad habits and poor food choices that we could have prevented. I urge all of you who want to see a positive change for our children's health to sign this petition asking Girl Scouts of the USA to cut ties with Nestlé and stop the sales of sugary drinks to our children.
- CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA
Anna Maria Chavez
- National President, Girl Scouts of the USA
Connie L. Lindsey
- Chief Marketing Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA
- Chief Merchandising Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA
GSUSA, end your partnership with Nestle and stop marketing sugary drinks to kids
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