Using All 4-H’S for Better Health

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Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT) 4-H youth volunteers; Autumn Apple, Sydney Blair, Peyton Curtis, Summer Kelly, Bobbi Jane Lawrence, Maggie Reece, Matthew Robles, and Samantha Washburn attended North Carolina 4-H’s Walmart Nutrition Education grant training at Millstone 4-H center with six other county Healthy Living teams September 29 and 30th. NC 4-H’s Walmart Nutrition Education program pairs teen leaders with their County Cooperative Extension nutrition educators, to help them teach a series of at least six healthy living lessons, with a focus on nutrition and physical activity, to youth in grades K – 12. The teens participated in trainings on food safety and knife skills, learned new games and physical activities, and continued building their knowledge of action planning using a socio-ecological model for community change.

In addition, Saturday, September 30th Angie Lawrence, 4-H TiLT Coordinator, and 4-H TiLT youth volunteers from Brunswick County introduced other counties’ Healthy Living teams and 4-H staff to “Learn, Grow, Eat, Go,” (LGEG) a research based 4-H curriculum. This curriculum is used to help assist youth in an appreciation of physical activity and taste testing nourishing fruits and vegetables, many times grown by the youth participating. Sydney Blair and Bobbi Jane Lawrence modeled a lesson from LGEG, helping county teams prepare for their first lesson. Autumn Apple and Matthew Robles taught teen facilitators and adults how to perform a taste test using the 5 senses; and Lawrence helped teams plan for planting different types of gardens, as well as how to use the teaching materials in LGEG, which is one of many 4-H and Cooperative Extension curriculum available for teams to teach youth in their counties how to use their Head’s, Heart’s, and Hands’ for better Health.

Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, Brunswick County TiLT youth volunteers, participating in the Walmart Nutrition Education program, are scheduled to teach Steps to Healthy, LGEG, and Healthy Living lessons to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade clubs at Southport Elementary School. They will also be teaching excerpts from these lessons to middle school youth at Communities in Schools Cedar Grove and Shallotte After School program sites. TiLT youth volunteers will continue their training, and planning in November at the 1st Southeast District 4-H Healthy Living Summit.

For more information on 4-H Healthy Living and teen youth volunteers contact Angie Lawrence, 4-H Program Associate; Email: angie_lawrence@ncsu.edu. For information about other Brunswick County Cooperative Extension services call 910-253-2610 or visit http://brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu/, and like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BCCooperativeExtension.