4-H Youth Living a Healthy Lifestyle

— Written By Leslie Dill
Next month New Hanover County 4-H is launching their first ever 4-Healthy Living Club Challenge! 4-H club members will take on daily challenges during the month of May and earn prizes based on their level of participation. It’s an awesome way to get kids thinking about making healthy changes in their physical activity and eating habits.
 
Obesity has become a priority health issue in New Hanover County, according to the 2012 Community Health Assessment. The NC Nutrition and Physical Activity Surveillance System (2009) reported over one-third of New Hanover County children under 18 years old are overweight. This is something that 4-H wants to address.
 
With over 100 students involved in 4-H clubs in the county, this month-long challenge will stir up some excitement about healthy living. Not only will students earn individual prizes through participation, an overall prize will be awarded to the club with the highest involvement. The club with the highest percentage of members completing 15 or more of the challenges will win a “Make Your Own” Pizza & Smoothie Party at the Arboretum this summer!
The American Heart Association recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous- intensity aerobic activity every day.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous- intensity aerobic activity every day.

 
If your family would like to participate in the challenge you can download a calendar here. Students must be members of a New Hanover County 4-H club in order to be eligible for prizes.
 
Sponsors for the 4-Healthy Living Club Challenge include: New Hanover County Health Department, Smoothie King and N.C. Cooperative Extension.
 
For more information on this event or other 4-H programs, please contact Leslie Dill, 4-H Agent in New Hanover County at 910-798-7660. More than 227,782 young people ages 5 through 18 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,333 adult and youth volunteers.

Written By

Photo of Leslie DillLeslie DillExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development (910) 798-7669 leslie_dill@ncsu.eduNew Hanover County, North Carolina
Posted on Apr 30, 2015
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