4-H and Youth

4th H for Health Challenge

Healthy Kids Out of School, an initiative at the Tufts University School of Nutrition that works to promote healthy eating and physical activity among youth. We’ve worked closely with 4-H leaders in New England to develop and pilot the 4th H for Health Challenge, a free program that supports healthy 4-H club meetings (e.g. drinking water and incorporating physical activity).
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The Challenge has been a huge success in helping 4-H’ers practice healthy habits. 4-H members and their clubs from across the country have now participated in the Challenge. Here’s one example of a Massachusetts club leader’s experience: It’s said that after doing something consistently a few times it can become a habit. I would encourage all leaders to do this with their clubs, and try the activities for every club meeting to teach the members strong healthy habits. Our club has already challenged the other clubs in our school to take the Challenge!

We’re now promoting this program broadly by helping more State Extension offices to adopt and share the Challenge. Check out Maine, New Hampshire, and Michigan – just a few of the states already bringing the Challenge to their 4-H programs.

View the Leader Packet , and this short 4-minute video (https://youtu.be/lqSKAwB-ekE) for Challenge details.


WVU Extension Service’s Family Nutrition Program helps youths hydrate healthier

With the help of the Rethink Your Drink campaign, a WVU Extension Service Families and Health initiative, youths are educated about the importance of hydrating and provided with rethink136Photos June 18 thru 24, 2014 036 alternative, healthy drink options instead of soda and other sweetened beverages.

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Additional Program Materials

Rethink Your Drink at Camps and Programs

Have fun and promote healthy drinks and hydration this summer! These print-ready materials will help engage 4-H groups, campers, and other program participants.

Watch for more materials posted in the future. For more information: Kristin McCartney




Planning Health-Friendly Meetings: A Toolkit

Health-Friendly Meetings: A Tool Kit helps you create a healthier environment for all types of meetings. Are you an event planner or a health-conscious event-goer? These easy-to-use tips can lead to healthier meals, fun activity breaks, satisfied participants, and more productive meetings.

  • Overview
  • Healthy Meals
  • Healthy Activities
  • Facilities Planning
  • Safety and Security
  • Resources
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Find Family Fun While Getting Healthier

child swimming Families are having fun while getting healthier. America is on the move to stop an epidemic: childhood obesity.

Through her Let’s Move campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama is asking communities across the country to encourage their children to jump into daily physical activities as well as to choose healthy—and tasty—foods every day.

Your family can also join the march and enjoy the journey!

Through its Family Health Handouts, West Virginia University Extension Service continues to offer all families fun, easy steps to help them move into healthier lifestyles.

girl swinging Part of the 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Initiative, the free family health activity sheets are just one set of options among many being followed by 4-H members and their families throughout West Virginia. For information about the more comprehensive club-based health program, contact your County Office of the WVU Extension Service.

In the meantime, get all your family members involved in fun games, conversations, and other activities that will move them into healthier lifestyles.


2011 Health Initiative Resources
Heart Health – Healthy Eating – Physical Activity – 4-H Safety – Healthy Relationships

2012 Health Initiative Resources – Dental

2013 Health Initiative Resources – Physical Activity

2014 Health Initiative Resources – Eating Healthy

2015 Health Initiative Resources – Safety

2016 Health Initiative Resources – Healthy Relationships

2017 Health Initiative Resources – Dental

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