Brunswick County 4-H Teens Reach the Nation With the Healthy Living Message

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Youth group at the National Summit

At the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living, high school students develop the knowledge and skills to address today’s issues including nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. This year’s National Youth Summit on Healthy Living took place on February 16–19, 2018, at the National 4-H Conference Center in Washington, DC. Five Brunswick County, 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador’s: Autumn and Amelia Apple, Sydney Blair, Lena Devlin, and Bobbi Jane Lawrence not only attended the summit, and started a new Healthy Living Action Plan, their team also presented a healthy living workshop on a Brunswick County originated, N.C. 4-H Healthy Living curriculum “Be A Bone Builder.”  4-H Youth and adults from the Virgin Islands, and around the United States attended this workshop and plan on implementing bone health in their 4-H programs.

Using tools learned during the weekend and building on skills already learned, the team brainstormed, researched, and formulated a plan to include 4-H programming focusing on teaching youth the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationship skills. The Brunswick County team was joined by two youth from Henderson County 4-H Adelaide Haack and Emily Johnson. The seven-youth worked together through the weekend and plan to continue working together to produce a YouTube video, 4-H Health Living fair booth, and educational workshops, using what they’ve learned to teach other youth about Healthy Relationship Skills in the months and years to come.

Brunswick County youth were afforded this opportunity through several funding sources. Two youth were funded through an ATMC Community Grant, Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Brunswick County also funded two youth, also, since the team was chosen to teach at the National Summit, National 4-H Council provided funding for one youth. In addition, Farm Bureau and County of Brunswick also gave a helping hand. Thanks to the help of local supporters like ATMC, Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Brunswick County, Farm Bureau and others, these five Brunswick County 4-H youth volunteers will have the opportunity to reach an exponential amount of youth in this county, North Carolina, and possibly the Nation with the 4-H Healthy Living message.