Shelby Brawner, Extension Assistant/Grant Manager
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.
Here is a video on 4-H Food Smart Families 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