Lee County 4-H Nutrition, Health, and Exercise Programs
There are many programs in Nutrition, Health, and Exercise available to you through Lee County 4-H and NC State Cooperative Extension, Lee Country Center. Our Food and Consumer Sciences Agent, Alyssa Anderson, and our Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Assistant, Sarah Perry have nutrition and exercise programs intended to increase awareness of personal health and encourage healthy choices. Some of these were developed for in-person programming and some are virtual. With creativity we can support your classroom as restrictions are ever changing. We look forward to working with you to encourage Lee County Youth to be their best selves.
Be A Bone Builder – Kindergarten. A multi-faceted program focuses on building bones when it counts using age-appropriate materials. The program involves the recruitment and training of volunteers who teach bone health to a younger audience. It bridges age barriers by reaching elementary school-age youth, older youth, and adults with knowledge acquisition occurring across age groups. more information>>
Moo-ving Milk From Farm to Fridge – K-2 grade.
Kickin’ Nutrition – 6th & 7th Grades – is an innovative, digital program designed to educate, entertain, and empower kids to make healthier food and lifestyle choices! Kickin’ Nutrition features engaging videos and interactive learning tools designed for urban, inner-city youth and their families. The program utilizes comedy, hip music, and engaging research-based, peer-to-peer nutrition instruction and cooking demonstrations. The program is aligned with common core by grade and was developed by an award-winning former Executive Producer of Sesame Street International, in collaboration with esteemed experts from Boston University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy. Evidence-based research has demonstrated the program’s measurable impact on children’s health knowledge and behavior. Online metrics integrated into the platform measure on-going engagement and quantitative impact. – Recommended 6th and 7th grades
Healthy Habits Family – a virtual self paced curriculum developed specifically for at-home programming when in person summer camps became impossible. This program encourages families to get involved in learning together! 4-H Healthy Habits Family is designed to guide a caregiver and their elementary-aged youth through fun and engaging garden-based activities.
Health Rocks – Looking to incorporate more health education in your classroom? Health Rocks! provides FREE evidence-based health curriculum, training, classroom materials and 2 or more CEU’s for participating educators. Learn more about this easy to use content! *Updated* virtual content is being developed to assist with the challenges of at-home schooling. Health Rocks Scope and Sequence Beginner 4th & 5th grades, Intermediate 6th & 7th grades. Includes lessons on mental health and testing stress.
EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program)– For decades, EFNEP has been helping limited resource youth and families with children learn how to eat healthier meals and snacks, stretch their food dollars and reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses. The program focuses on helping families and youth improve behaviors in the following areas: Dietary Intake as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate, Food Resource Management skills and practices, Nutrition Practices and Food Safety practices. Participants increase their ability to select and buy food that meets the nutritional needs of their families and gain new skills in food preparation, food storage, and food safety. Lessons are available via two delivery methods: live, and for some grade levels, as an online website (sample 3rd grade website). See the chart below to see what is offered for your classroom.
Mental Health Curriculum
Green Mindfulness – a unique program that associates mental health with gardening.
Mindful Me: A 4-H Primary Mindfulness Curriculum, Developed by the University of California; copyright 2019, introduces youth ages 5-8 to basic concepts in mindfulness practices. The program promotes mindful practices that lead to improvements in managing one’s own goals, developing a sense of self, time management, stress management, emotional regulation, and mindful eating practices. Specific outcomes from youth participation in the curriculum include short-term (skill development and knowledge gain), mid-term (increased stress management, mindful eating, etc.), and long-term (improved physical, emotional, and social health) benefits. Also appropriate to train teen youth leaders as facilitators,
GEM: Get Experience in Mindfulness is an Awareness and Acceptance Stress Management Program for ages 10 and up – adults too! This program places an emphasis on stress management taught through practical and interactive mindfulness-based activities to facilitate experiential learning. The program is a research based and theory driven program that meets National Health Education Standards developed by the University of Delaware; copyright 2018. There are five lesson topics: Intentions and Goal Setting, Awareness and Attention, Self-care: Stress Reduction and Relaxation, Communication and Relationships, and Gratitude and Acceptance. Among other things, participants of the program will learn what mindfulness is and how to integrate it into daily life, alignment and form for over 25 strength and flexibility poses adapted from yoga poses, and relaxation techniques.
Empowering Youth and Families Programs – Lee County began programming for the Spring 2019 Empowering Youth and Families Program in March 2019, in partnership with the Lee County Health Department. This was the first family cohort to participate in EYFP in Lee County. Each family participates in a twelve session program that is designed to strengthen their relationships and empower them to lead community change. Families also take part in a weekend retreat at Black Mountain YMCA Assembly in May, where they learn community action planning and create a vision for opioid misuse prevention in their community. For more information >>
We all agree on the importance of instilling good health habits at an early age. As obesity rates rise, drug and alcohol abuse increases, and vaping use increases in our youth we can get in front of the problem with education, reducing these numbers, increasing healthy habits, and decreasing health care needs in the future.
METHODOLOGY AND EVALUATION
All 4-H Curriculum employs the experiential learning model, encouraging self discovery, reflection, and application to other areas in life. Evaluations are important for impact reporting and most 4-H curriculum have brief but required pre and post tests to measure results.
Curriculum requiring training uses a train the trainer model and will be virtual.
See each individual curriculum descriptions