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The Healthy Lifestyles Initiatives is a free program that supports healthy 4-H club
meetings across the state. In collaboration with the WVU Extension Healthy Lifestyles
Team and statewide health agencies, programs and curriculum are available such
as Health Rocks!®

The initiative includes Youth Voice, Youth Choice, tobacco cessation and prevention
programs regarding topics such as:

  • Nutrition and Food Prep
  • Physical Fitness
  • Safety
  • Social and Emotional Health
  • Personal Well-being

To learn more, contact Nila Cobb at
[email protected]
nomail.wvu.edu
or
304-720-9883.

4-H Health Officers

This initiative builds leadership skills of youth and promotes the “Health H”. Each
year, youths are selected by their 4-H club members to become a club 4-H Health
Officer. County 4-H Officer Training Schools equip these new leaders with a
4-H Club Health Activity Guide and practice in using it effectively. Training
is held at County Officer Training Schools. Throughout the 4-H club year, health
officers highlight the “Health H” through interactive games, challenges, and discovery
activities with 4-H club members. Families receive handouts that reinforce healthy
habits. Adult 4-H leaders nurture the young Health Officers, helping them to prepare,
organize, and present. Each year, the 4-H Health Initiative focuses on a single
health theme.

There are five health themes in rotation for the 4-H Health Officer Activity Guides:

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Dental Health

The purpose of this program is to increase dental health knowledge and motivate 4-H’ers
and families to try new dental health habits and to improve others.

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Eating Healthy

The purpose of this program is to increase knowledge about healthy eating and motivate 4-H’ers
and families to try new health habits and to improve others.

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Healthy Relationships

The purpose of this program is to increase knowledge about healthy relationships and motivate 4-H’ers
and families to try new health habits and to improve others.

2020 – 2021 Theme

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Physical Activity

This program aims to increase physical activity health knowledge and motivate 4-H’ers and families
to try new health habits and to improve others.

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Safety

The purpose of this program is to increase health knowledge around a variety of safety topics and motivate 4-H’ers
and families to try new health habits and to improve others.

To learn more about the 4-H Health Officer program, contact
Jenny Murray at
[email protected]

or
304-293-7993.


4-H Healthy Lifestyles News

4-H Health Ambassador Trainings

Are you ready to become a 4-H Healthy Living Teen Ambassador? Learn more about this
exciting opportunity!  Trainings are coming to your area!

West Virginia 4-H is a recipient of the
Walmart Foundation Healthy Habits grant and the National 4-H Council’s Health
Rocks!®. The Healthy Habits grant requires states to have 4-H Healthy Living Teen
Ambassadors who assist in the facilitation of the nutrition, gardening and physical
fitness activities in a variety of counties and state programs. The Health Rocks!®
grant requires facilitation of the

new
pilot Health Rocks!® curriculum that includes tobacco, alcohol and substance misuse
prevention. 4-H Healthy Living Teen Ambassadors can be current 4-H members
or teens new to 4-H ages 13-18 for Health Rocks!® and grades 8-12 for Healthy Habits.
If you are wondering how to get involved or become a 4-H Healthy Living Teen Ambassador,
this article can help provide you with additional information.

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