Throughout the Texas 4-H & Youth Development Program, more than 120,000 youth participate in healthy lifestyles programs, encompassing the food and nutrition, health and safety projects. Through food and nutrition project activities, youth learn to make healthy food choices, improve energy and alertness, and gain knowledge of nutrients.
Youth also learn how to improve physical, intellectual, emotional and social health through participation in the health project. Specifically, youth learn about the importance of physical activity, proper hygiene, dental care, healthy snacking, vaccinations and sleep. Knowledge of how to reduce disease and illness risks is also explored. Participation in the Walk Across Texas Program helps youth establish the habit of regular physical activity. Safety concerns related to health issues, such as first aid, CPR and emergency preparedness, are also addressed in the 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Program.
As a part of the learning experiences, youth also share with others what they have learned by presenting educational presentations to various groups and participating in community service activities that help promote good health practices in the community.
Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum – link
Winning with Nutrition
The goal of implementing the Winning with Nutrition Curriculum is to provide youth athletes in the 7th thru 9th grades an opportunity to learn about proper nutrition, dietary needs, supplements, hydration and healthy methods to increase physical performance.
- Winning with Nutrition Curriculum (4-H F&N 1-1) – PDF
- Winning with Nutrition Informational Flyer – PDF
- Winning with Nutrition: Eating for Excellence Powerpoint – PPT
- Winning with Nutrition: Hydration Station Powerpoint – PPT
- Winning with Nutrition: Game Day Dining Powerpoint – PPT
- Winning with Nutrition: Game Day Dining Jeopardy Powerpoint – PPT
- Winning with Nutrition: Performance Robbers Powerpoint – PPT
- Winning with Nutrition: Fads and Facts Powerpoint – PPT
- Winning with Nutrition Student Evaluation – PDF
- Winning with Nutrition Teacher Evaluation – PDF
- Winning with Nutrition Teacher Inservice Agenda – PDF
- Winning with Nutrition Teacher Inservice Powerpoint – PPT
- Winning with Nutrition Teacher Inservice Powerpoint w/ Notes – PDF
- Winning with Nutrition Teacher Inservice Evaluation – PDF
- Balancing Food & Play – link
- Nutrition Voyage: The Quest To Be Our Best – link
The Balancing Food & Play curriculum was designed to improve knowledge and behaviors related to snacking on fruits and vegetables, drinking milk with meals and water with snacks, encouraging at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and limiting screen time to two hours or less per day. For more information on accessing the Balancing Food & Play curriculum, visit balance.tamu.edu.
4-H MASH Camp provides youth an opportunity to learn about higher education and career opportunities in the areas of medicine, accident and safety prevention and health. Plans and details for the 2014 camp will be posted as they become available.
Walk Across Texas is a free, eight week program designed to help people of all ages support one another to establish the habit of regular physical activity. The program is implemented throughout the year in Texas counties. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has also partnered with the Texas Education Agency to offer Walk Across Texas to youth and employees in Texas school districts. For more information on Walk Across Texas, visit http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu.
The 4-H Food Challenge is a contest that allows 4-H members to demonstrate their culinary knowledge and skills. From a set of predetermined ingredients provided, teams of 3 to 5 4-H members must develop a recipe and prepare the dish within 40 minutes. Teams then make a presentation to a judging panel, explaining the preparation steps, serving size, food safety concerns, nutrition value and cost of the dish.
- 4-H Food Challenge Manual, 2013-2014 – PDF
- Altering Recipes for Good Health – PDF
- FightBac – Fight Foodborne Bacteria Brochure – PDF
- MyPlate – 10 Tips to a Great Plate – PDF
- Nutrient Needs at a Glance – PDF
- South District 12 Video: 4-H Food Challenge – The Supply Box – link
- Food Challenge Planning Checklist – PDF
- Food Challenge Evaluation (also available at od.tamu.edu) – PDF
- Foodie Fanatics Food Challenge Resource – PDF
Healthy Lifestyles Invitational
The 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Invitational provides youth in the intermediate and senior age divisions the opportunity to participate in a competitive event and utilize the knowledge and skills gained through participation in 4-H healthy lifestyles programs. With a set-up similar to the Consumer Decision Making Contest, the healthy lifestyles invitational consists of two parts: (1) Judging – participants will be presented with a scenario and must individually rank the four products/choices based upon the situation at-hand; (2) Presentation – teams are presented with a scenario and must work together within a given amount of time to analyze the situation, develop a solution and make a team presentation to a panel of judges.
- 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Invitational Manual – PDF
- Healthy Lifestyles Invitational Scoresheet – PDF
- Universal A Scantron - PDF
2014 Contest Resources
- Nutritious Snacks – PDF
- Seven Steps to a Healthy Home – PDF
- Fight Foodborne Bacteria – PDF
- Food Safety on the Move – PDF
- Teen Safety in Cyberspace – PDF
- Fast Food Meals – PDF
- Produce Judging Handbook – PDF
- Avoiding and Treating Heat-Related Problems – PDF
- Maintain Your Health During a Disaster – PDF
- Prepare Your Grab and Go Kit – PDF
Online Trainings to be Offered:
- Wednesday, February 12th at 10:00 am – link (Event ID: PRP565786)
- Virtual Volunteer Conference – Tuesday, February 25th and Thursday, February 27th – Info coming soon!
Sample Classes from 2013 Invitational Contest
- Food Safety – Class | Reasons
- Game Day Dining – Class | Reasons
- Healthy Snacks – Class | Reasons
- My Plate – Class | Reasons
- Nutrition – Class | Reasons
- Performance Robbers – Class | Reasons
- Physical Activity – Class | Reasons
- Teen Driving Safety – PDF
The 2013-14 Food Show will have new categories and a theme. The categories are: Protein, Fruits & Vegetables, Grains & Dairy. The theme will be budget wise recipes. The 4-H Food Show gives youth the opportunity for educational and personal development and recognizes members who excel in the 4-H Food and Nutrition Project. The Food Show is an individual contest in which a 4-H member prepares a dish in one of the contest categories and presents it to a panel of judges. During the presentation and interview with the judges, 4-H members exhibit the knowledge and skills gained through the 4-H Food and Nutrition Project, such as preparation steps, nutrients found in the dish, the functions of various ingredients, personal dietary needs, healthy substitutions, and cost analysis. Click here for more information and resources available for the Food Show.
Nutrition Quiz Bowl
A Quiz Bowl helps 4-H members enhance and demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a competitive setting. The Quiz Bowl involves teams of three or four members. Two teams compete against each other at one time, answering questions related to the subject matter with the use of an electronic buzzer system. Click here for more information and resources available for the Nutrition Quiz Bowl.
In the 4-H Recipe Rally, intermediate and senior 4-H members are challenged with selecting, creating, and/or altering a recipe and submitting a video, via YouTube. The video should highlight the 4-H member demonstrating the preparation of the recipe while also highlighting nutrients, food safety practices, serving size and cost analysis, as well as their inspiration for selection or creation of the recipe. The theme for the 2014 contest is Breakfast.
- 4-H Recipe Rally Overview and Guidelines – PDF
- You Tube Instructions – PDF
- Online Entry Form (deadline: March 1, 2014) – link
The 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Sweepstakes provides an opportunity for youth, volunteers and County Extension Agents interested an opportunity to work together for additional recognition at Texas 4-H Roundup. Points for participation, and additional points for contest placing, will be given for each healthy lifestyles related contest. The county with the most points will be awarded the Healthy Lifestyles Sweepstakes!
- Healthy Lifestyles Sweepstakes Overview – PDF
Healthy Lifestyles Advisory Board
The Texas 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Advisory Board offers 4-H members, volunteers and County Extension Agents an opportunity to help guide and expand the 4-H healthy lifestyles program. Applications are currently being accepted, with a due date of November 1st.
- Overview of the 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Advisory Board – PDF
The Texas 4-H & Youth Development Program is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Advisory Board, which will offer 4-H members, volunteers and County Extension Agents an opportunity to help guide and expand the 4-H healthy lifestyles program. Applications will be accepted until November 1, 2012, and must be accompanied by a letter of support. 4-H members and volunteers must submit a letter of support from a County Extension Agent, while agents applying to serve on the advisory board must submit a letter of support from their District Extension Administrator or 4-H Specialist.
- Application for Advisory Board – PDF
4-H Health & Safety Officer Handbook
Youth have the opportunity to serve as a health and safety officer within their 4-H club, ensuring 4-H members understand the importance of good health and safety by leading health or safety related activities. A handbook is available to assist officers in planning and recording activities.
Dr. Courtney Dodd
Extension 4-H and Youth Development Specialist
4180 Highway 6
College Station, TX 77845