|May 4-6, 2018, five 4-H Healthy Living youth volunteers, Autumn Apple, Sydney Blair, Lena Devlin, Bobbi Jane Lawrence, and Matthew Robles, from Brunswick County participated in the 2ndAnnual NC 4-H Healthy Living Summit at Millstone 4-H Camp in Ellerbe, NC.|
The theme for the Summit was “A Better Me.” Youth in attendance engaged in a weekend full of fun and action-packed activities, presentations, workshops, and heard some exceptional speakers, all encouraging 4-H youth to live healthy lives and provided them with tools to create County Healthy Action Plans to encourage youth in their counties to live healthy lives.
Some of the activities through the weekend included learning kitchen hacks, yoga, golfing with First Tee, container gardening, and exercise science. Many of the workshops were led by NC Cooperative Extension Staff. Youth heard from presenters on the dangers of underage drinking from Talk It Out NC; and Chef Kabui internationally celebrated organic chef, urban farmer, and food activist who shared his knowledge and experience of food justice along with a yummy organic, grown from his garden healthy snack and beverage.
The young speakers at the Summit were encouraging and inspirational. Opening Speaker Addy Battel, 4-H youth from Michigan shared her community project where she and her team received a grant to provide protein to food banks in her small community and started an on-going project “Meat”ing the Need for Our Village.” She encouraged teens to “Know Your Strengths, Find Your Passion, and Use Your Voice.” Oakley Perry 4-H Collegiate from Tennessee closed the Summit sharing his story “How 4-H Taught Me to be ME.”A handsome, well dressed, spirited, and cheerful young man, today; shared his unimaginable struggles as a young child and how he was affected by bullying and overcame it through the help of a caring family and 4-H caring adults and mentors. He reminded the summit attendees to “Speak Up, Speak Often, and Speak Respectfully.”
Included in the weekend was time to write Action Plans; time to watch the movie “Wonder,” and participate in a discussion about bullying and kindness; and time to put our Hands to Better Service, by helping with some landscaping and gardening around the camp.
In addition, a “friendly” Healthy Living Summit Health Bowl competition was held Saturday evening. The competition included questions on 4-H and Cooperative Extension Healthy Living and Manners, as well as team challenges of Hula Hooping, Spoon Ball, and Cookie Face. The competition was tight but team BrunsCo took home the Green, green mugs!