It was a knee-jerk reaction: walking through the shopping mall, and meeting the eyes of little girls in blue satin sashes, I could not resist stopping and appeasing their request to “support your local Girl Guides”. As I reached into my change purse for coins, a 7-year old pushed a box of cookies in my direction. Instead of taking them quietly and walking away with a polite “thank you”, I reacted by saying: “Oh, no, sweetie, I just wanted to support your cause, but I don’t want the cookies. They are full of fat.” Immediately, I felt remorseful (and appeared like a neurotic stranger, I am sure, and one should not talk to strangers when one is a little girl), as this was clearly not a “teachable moment”. Nevertheless, there is a point to be made that equating support for a good cause should not necessarily entail the procurement of junk food, which in no way, I feel, should be reflective of the work that Girl Guides do (teaching young girls skills, and engaging them in physical activity, to name a few). The same irony applies to children’s sports groups that sell frozen pizza or chocolate covered almonds in order to fund their programs. Why not take this opportunity instead to engage children in healthy options for their cause? I have some ideas, and believe me, the Girl Guides will hear about it.