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).
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.
4-H Health Officer Training Materials
2017 Health Initiative Resources – Dental
2016 Health Initiative Resources – Healthy Relationships
2015 Health Initiative Resources – Safety
2014 Health Initiative Resources – Eating Healthy
2013 Health Initiative Resources – Physical Activity
2012 Health Initiative Resources – Dental
2011 Health Initiative Resources – Heart Health – Healthy Eating – Physical Activity – 4-H Safety – Healthy Relationships
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 alternative, healthy drink options instead of soda and other sweetened beverages.
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.
- Healthy Meals
- Healthy Activities
- Facilities Planning
- Safety and Security