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Current Grant Projects: Monroe County [Food Smart Families]

Jan 27, 2017


Shelby Brawner, Extension Assistant/Grant Manager

MONROE COUNTY
4-H LIVES HEALTHY IN MONROE COUNTY
Holly Williams McMahan, Extension Agent I

Over the last several months, 4-H members across the county have been learning how to be a community of 4-H Food Smart Families, a grant funded program through United Healthcare. To carry out the grant, Rebecca Layman, Family Consumer Science Extension Agent, and I work with 4-H members across the county teaching healthy eating preparation and physical fitness. The teaching includes hands-on learning experiences in a mobile kitchen.

Monroe County Grant Projects - 4-H members followed a recipe to make healthy blueberry pancake using Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour.
4-H members followed a recipe to make healthy blueberry pancake using Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour.

Here is a video on 4-H Food Smart Families at the Monroe County Boxing Club.

Monroe County Grant Projects - 4-H Food Smart Families Community Event at the Monroe County Boxing Club
4-H Food Smart Families Community Event at the Monroe County Boxing Club

Partnering organizations include: Monroe County Boxing Club, Boys and Girls Club of Monroe Area, Monroe in Motion and Cir- cle G. Each one of these partnering organizations provides positive youth development during out of school hours. Specifically, Monroe County Boxing Club reaches a unique audience of boys, girls, young men, and dads who are eager to learn about healthy eating habits and how it relates to improving self-esteem, boxing, and physical fitness.

Skills youth have learned:

  • Creating a healthy plate
  • Making healthy snacks
  • Making homemade sports drinks
  • Making a healthy, quick breakfast
  • Following a recipe
  • Cutting skills with a knife
  • Cooking on a stovetop
  • 4-H Yoga
  • Circuit training
  • And much more
Food Smart Families