4‑H Healthy Living programs help youth lead lives that balance physical, mental, and emotional health.
4‑H Healthy Living
Our programming empowers youth to be healthy – body and mind – with the skills to make healthy decisions and lead healthy lifestyles. Having the confidence and skills to lead healthy lifestyles not only improves overall well-being; it enables youth to tackle life’s challenges today and become leaders in their lives, careers and communities as they grow into responsible adulthood.
Mind: Social and Emotional Well-Being
4‑H’s Healthy Living programs provide youth with a better understanding of how their choices can help themselves, their families, and their communities. With programs focused on issues such as substance abuse prevention and mental health, 4‑H helps youth build a firm foundation that encourages good decision-making and strong interpersonal skills. Social-emotional health is the cornerstone to confident, caring young leaders who understand how to take care of their minds and inner being, which is key to holistic well-being.
Body: Fitness, Health, Nutrition and Safety
4‑H fitness, health, nutrition, and safety programs help youth understand the importance of eating right, and being active within a safe environment. Mastering basic health principles places young people on the right track to developing healthy habits now as well as managing their long-term health.
Teen Mentorship and Leadership
4‑H Healthy Living programs empower youth to be teachers by growing their leadership skills and serving as champions of health in their communities. Teens as Teachers is an experiential learning model delivering research-based information supported by adult mentors and applying skills and knowledge to initiate change in behaviors for themselves, their families and peers.
The National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living brings together teen leaders from across the country to develop leadership capacity in healthy living and work on solving healthy living issues impacting our homes, our community and our economy.
Through a combination of workforce development skills, nutrition, physical activity and social/emotional health education, the 4-H Healthy Futures program helps drive economic mobility outcomes for today’s youth. This combination of skills helps prepare youth for a future in which they can advance economically, and as a result, live healthier lives with fewer chronic diseases.
4-H Healthy Habits supports communities across the nation by promoting healthy living among youth and their families. Through this innovative and culturally-relevant program, kids build healthy habits with a core focus on nutrition and food preparation skills. 4-H Healthy Habits is driven by Teen Healthy Living ambassadors who assist in delivering evidence-based programming to younger youth.
Health Rocks!® is a series of curricula with the goal of bringing youth, families, and communities across the United States together to reduce tobacco, alcohol, and drug use by youth. Program goals include reducing youth smoking and tobacco use, helping youth build life and decision-making skills, and helping youth understand the consequences of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use.
Since 2012, 4-H and the Walmart Foundation have partnered to reach a million youth with nutrition education and physical activity, with an intentional focus on populations who face challenges in achieving positive health outcomes.
Healthy Living Research
Teens Taking the Lead on Health
From obesity to mental health, teens face many challenges that impact their health and well-being today and for years to come. 4‑H believes in the power of young people to lead positive health outcomes in their lives and communities. Check out the infographic on the state of youth health in America.
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