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4-H Healthy Living Programs

The following cooking demos are open to any 4-H member wanting to participate.

February 9, 2021 – Southwest Cooking Demo with Liz Sparks, Arizona 4-H to cook tortillas, potato tacos, salsa, and baked churros.

March 31, 2021 – Beef Cooking Demo with Janna Sullivan, TN Beef Council to cook beefy sweet and sloppy joes + beefy pb & j wraps.

April 21, 2021 – Pork Cooking Demo with Phyllis Ferguson, TN Pork Producers Association to cook pork nachos. Registration is closed.

May 6, 2021 – Dairy Cooking Demo with Cindy Cooper, The Dairy Alliance to make five different smoothies. Registration is now open until May 3, 2021 at tiny.utk.edu/dairydemo.

June 24, 2021 – Mediterranean Cooking Demo with Kristen Johnson, PhD, RDN, Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences. Registration is not currently open.

The National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week marks its 11th anniversary March 22-28, 2021, encouraging communities around the country to Shatter the Myths about substance use and addiction. NDAFW is a joint initiative of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which are both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NDAFW is an annual, week-long observance in which local educational events link teens with science-based facts about drugs and alcohol. This is a great chance to engage youth in a dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. It provides an opportunity to bring together scientists, students, educators, healthcare providers, and community partners – to help advance the science, so that we can improve the prevention and awareness of substance misuse in our own communities and nationwide.

Follow along the activity calendar to observe this national event here.

What better way to celebrate National Nutrition Month than with a 30 day activity guide! Follow along the guide for simple ways you can celebrate. There are links to recipes and resources throughout the guide. Check out the guide here.

Join the 2021 4-H Miles Challenge and log 2,021 miles between January 1 – December 31, 2021. Permitted activities include running, walking, hiking, biking, swimming, treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bike, rollerblades, and sports (tennis, basketball, soccer). Did you know 2,021 miles is 4,042,000 steps, which is roughly 11,074 steps per day? Complete the challenge solo or as a team of up to 4 members and divide up the goal!

Registration cost is only $25 per person. Each participant will receive a medal and t-shirt. Each month, there will be a $25 gift card awarded to the person with the most recorded miles. Registration will be open December 18 – April 1, 2021.

The total mileage logged for the month of January was 7,475.84 miles! Also, the individual with the most logged miles was Karen Tobias with 404.06 miles.

All funds raised assist the University of Tennessee Knoxville Collegiate 4-H & FFA Club with service projects and providing 4-H camp scholarships to individuals in need. 

The Tennessee 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador program is designed for teens who have a passion for healthy living. Each county has the opportunity to appoint one to five ambassadors to represent their county. Healthy Living Ambassadors are committed to serving their county with healthy living programs and advocating for health living practices. Ambassadors work with their 4-H agent(s) to assist with their county’s needs as it relates to healthy living. These ambassadors are an asset in accomplishing the goals and outcomes of the 4-H Healthy Living Mission Mandate. Healthy Living Ambassadors serve a one year term, which runs from June 1 – May 31. For the 2020-2021 term, there are currently 120 Healthy Living Ambassadors in 54 counties across our state.

To become a Healthy Living Ambassador, 4-H’ers should:

  • Be involved in any project area, not just Nutrition, Health, and Fitness.
  • Be active 4-H members in grades 9-11.
  • Have a passion and interest in healthy living

The benefits of serving as a Healthy Living Ambassador include enhancing and promoting 4-H Healthy Living educational experiences; enhancing your 4-H Healthy Living understanding and skills; networking with peers and healthy living leaders; playing a leadership role in moving forward 4-H Healthy Living. Potential opportunities available to Healthy Living Ambassadors include attending the National Summit on Healthy Living, invitation to apply for mini-grants, and involvement with healthy living grants at the county level.

County 4-H Agents are currently selecting their 2021-2022 Ambassadors. Contact your agent for more information.

For more information, contact Shelby Brawner.

The National Youth Summit on Healthy Living provides high school students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to address issues surrounding nutrition, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. Working alongside professional in family consumer science and healthy living, youth participants will create action plans they can implement in their communities to teach other youth about what they have learned.

Note: the 2021 National Youth Summit on Healthy Living will be virtual Friday, February 12 – Monday, February 15, 2021 for approximately three hours per day. Registration is $75.

Attention all 9th – 12th graders: The application to apply to attend the 2021 Virtual National Youth Summit on Healthy Living is now closed.

If you are interested in attending or have questions, contact Shelby Brawner.

Tennessee 4-H proudly sent 73 individuals to attend the 2020 National Youth Summit on Healthy Living.

The 4-H Healthy Habits program focuses solely on food access, cooking skills, and basic nutrition behaviors with budgeting. In addition, part of this program is the facilitation of connecting families to all available food resources and programs available in the community. There is the opportunity for families to learn with their child(ren) through one required activity, such as cooking at home, shopping for food, visiting farmers markets, picking produce at a local garden, or community program events. Teen leaders are also active in youth adult partnerships to help deliver the programming to younger youth. The 4-H Healthy Habits program is a partnership between 4-H and the Walmart Foundation. To learn more, contact Shelby Brawner.

For the current grant period, the 4-H Healthy Habits Program is currently being delivered in Carter, Dyer, Hardin, Henderson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Polk, Robertson, Tipton, and Union Counties in addition to Clyde Austin, Clyde York, and WP Ridley 4-H Centers.

4-H Health Rocks! is a program based on decision-making and appropriate health knowledge with its beginning-level curriculum targeted at youth ages eight to twelve, and intermediate level targeted at youth ages twelve to fourteen. This experiential education program is facilitated by teen/adult leadership teams to help youth learn key messages and skills, such as critical thinking, how to manage stress and peer pressure, how to communicate effectively, and how to critically analyze media messages. Special emphasis is placed on drug, alcohol, and tobacco use prevention. The program also includes components that bring youth and adults together as partners in developing community strategies to prepare young people to make healthy choices. Developing life skills, such as communicating with others, dealing with stress, and critical thinking, help youth develop internal strength to resist risky behaviors. Health Rocks! is designed and implemented on the belief that prevention programs that incorporate experiential learning, life skill development, and decision-making will truly reduce tobacco and drug use in our young people. Want to learn more? Contact Shelby Brawner.

For the current grant period, the 4-H Health Rocks! Program is currently being offered in Blount, Bradley, Coffee, Crockett, Davidson, Dyer, Hardin, Lauderdale, Lewis, Madison, Moore, Perry, Pickett, Tipton, and Union Counties in addition to the Clyde Austin, Clyde York, and WP Ridley 4-H Centers.

The 4-H Health Rocks! Mentoring Program goals are to improve outcomes for youth in the rural Appalachian Region who are high risk for opioid abuse, prevent drug abuse, reduce negative outcomes, and promote positive youth development through mentoring. This program also implements enhanced practices that will enrich positive outcomes and further align with research and evidence on effective mentoring. Peer mentoring is utilized with 4-H activities and the integration of the 4-H Health Rocks! curriculum. Contact Shelby Brawner to learn more.

For the current grant period, the 4-H Health Rocks! Mentoring Program is currently being offered in Cannon, Putnam, Roane, and White Counties.