Healthy Habits

National 4‑H Council and the Walmart Foundation developed the 4‑H Healthy Habits program to teach skills in nutrition and food access to underserved, disadvantaged youth and families.

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What Is 4‑H Healthy Habits?


The Healthy Habits program uses a four-pronged approach to strategically leverage the 4‑H system to address food access, nutrition and health equity for underserved youth and families across the country:

  • Deploys university-backed, impactful programming.
  • Reaches diverse audiences through local partnerships.
  • Engages youth voice for more impactful delivery and clear messaging.
  • Provides a system of sustainability to enable continued impact for underserved youth and their families in urban and rural communities.
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4-H Healthy Habits Guidebook

Interested in planning, implementing and/or evaluating a 4-H Healthy Habits program? Use this guidebook to find background information and suggestions for providing educational programming that is relevant and meets community-identified needs.

Impact

Through 4-H’s 8-year partnership with the Walmart Foundation, 4-H Healthy Habit has served 1.25M youth and families. In 2020/2021 alone, nearly 99,000 youth and 78,000 family/community members engaged in nutrition activities through Healthy Habits.

  • 4-H Healthy Habits positively impacted young people around the U.S. in 2020/2021:
  • 93% of youth reported they always or usually pay attention to how much fruit and vegetables they eat each day.
  • 72% of youth reported they gave their family ideas for healthy meals or snacks.
  • 88% of youth reported they plan to prepare their family healthy meals or snacks.
  • 91% of youth reported they plan to drink the recommended amount of water. They reported they learned how to make healthy food choices through 4-H HH.

4‑H Youth Healthy Habits Survey

Survey finds teens believe access to healthy food is a basic human right and aim to solve food insecurity in the wake of COVID-19

 

A new survey commissioned by National 4‑H Council explores teen perceptions around health and nutrition. The survey, which polled over 1,500 diverse youth between the ages of 13-19 nationwide, investigated youth perceptions on the topics of food access, nutrition and health equity. The survey was conducted online from March 9 to March 16, 2020.

4-H infographic - teens taking the lead on health

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