4‑H healthy living programs help youth lead lives that balance physical, mental, and emotional health.
Healthy Living at 4‑H
Focus areas for 4‑H healthy living programs include nutrition, childhood obesity, drug awareness, bullying prevention, health and fitness, safety, stress management, and food science. Programs are designed to help 4‑H youth learn about living a healthy lifestyle through fun, hands-on activities and projects and are available through schools, 4‑H clubs, and camps.
Health, Nutrition & Fitness
4‑H health, nutrition, and fitness programs help youth understand the importance of eating right, physical fitness, being active and practicing good hygiene. Mastering these basic health principles place young people on the right track to managing their long-term health.
Food Smart Families targets families eligible for or receiving SNAP and/or WIC benefits and teaches them how to plan, shop and prepare healthy meals on a budget. Instructors teach participants cooking skills and basic nutrition facts using a variety of commonly available foods.
Healthy Habits supports communities across the nation to promote healthy living among youth and their families. Through this innovative and culturally-relevant program, youth are mobilized to take action around three healthy living priorities - nutrition, physical fitness, and safety – and to develop action plans that improve the health and well-being of their communities.
Health Rocks!® is curricula for a healthy living program targeted at young people ages 8 to 14. Health Rocks!® also provides health information regarding norms and consequences of youth tobacco, alcohol, and drug usage.
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.
With the National 4-H Council, the Coppertone® Protect What Matters Most campaign seeks to inspire kids and families to adopt healthy sun-safe behaviors – like wearing sunscreen every day. Through this joint effort, kids will be empowered with necessary tools to be change ambassadors in educating their families and communities about the importance of daily sun protection.
4-H Mall Healthy Living Curriculum
From food science to health and fitness, Shop 4‑H offers a variety of healthy living curriculum.