Young Futurists 2013: Camille McGirt
McGirt was inspired by Michelle Obama to start her Healthy Girls Save the World program.
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  • Favorite quote: "Remember that you are blessed. Remember that in exchange for those blessings, you must give something back. You must reach back and pull someone up. You must bend down and let someone else stand on your shoulders so that they can see a brighter future." --Michelle Obama

  • Camille McGirt

  • Helping our girls lead healthy lives
  • Age: 22
  • School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Hometown: Durham, N.C.
  • Gender: Female
  • Category: Social Activism and Justice
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  • Thanks to her height -- she is 6 feet 4 inches -- Camille was a stellar athlete growing up. She played basketball, volleyball, tennis and a little bit of soccer. As an adolescent, she was taught the importance of exercising, eating healthy and keeping her body mass index in check so she could perform better on the court and avoid the diabetes that runs in her family. Camille came up with the idea for Healthy Girls Save the World while interning with the Congressional Black Caucus in 2011. Inspired by the first lady's Let's Move! campaign, which addresses childhood obesity, she decided to combine her enthusiasm for sports with her passion for community service. After starting out in a Durham, N.C., library with 25 girls, Camille hosted a three-day summer day camp for 50 girls last summer at UNC, where the kids met and engaged in physical activity with the women's swim team, volleyball team, soccer team and basketball team; went on a college tour; and participated in nutrition-enrichment lessons from faculty and staff in UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health, among other things. "We place a great emphasis on physical health," she said, "making healthy choices when standing in front of the vending machine or in the cafeteria, but also things outside of physical health -- relationships with teachers, parents, friends and also with boys."