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Healthy Habits

Why Healthy Habits?

  • Each participant will receive a Hands-On Learning Kit (when registered by June 19th)
  • Build Healthy Decision Making skills like
    • What to Drink
    • Making Healthier Food Choices
    • Trying New Foods
    • Nutrients and Reading a Food Label
  • Grow a small container garden and learn about Plant Essentials
  • Earn $5 to spend at your local Farmers Market on fresh produce
  • Entered to win fun 4-H SWAG and Giveaways ~including a chance to get some of the books we read during our program~
  • Interact with Teen Teachers and other Peers to keep learning skills strong during the Summer!


About Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits is a 4-H program designed to teach youth the basics of nutrition, plant science, mindfulness, and physical fitness in an effort to empower them to make healthy choices.  The Klickitat County WSU Extension 4-H program received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to offer this health and wellness-focused program to students in Klickitat County.

To increase the impact of the program, we utilize a teen teaching model. Local teens are recruited and trained to deliver this program with the support and supervision of the 4-H Program Manager. More information about the program can be found below.

Youth do not need to be 4-H Members to participate. Registration will be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis. A waitlist will be established and worked from in order should students not be available to participate at any point during the program. It is requested that participating students attend all sessions.

What to Expect:

Engaging virtual lessons will include hands-on activities that youth can complete while following along from home.  A book that connects to the lesson will be read. Suggested recipes for continued learning will be provided weekly.

Youth will have the opportunity to study the essentials of life, explore garden science, practice mindfulness habits, make healthy choices, and engage with their peers in play!

Home Challenges

Make a Food Chain

Over a set period of time make a family Food Chain listing all of the foods that family members tried that were new to them. We suggest doing this over a month or even over the entire summer. 

Try an Alphawalk outside!

Take a medium-paced stroll around your yard, neighborhood, or community park with your family. Guess before you go how long it will take to walk around at a medium-paced stroll. As you walk spot and call out objects that start with each letter of the alphabet in order. For example, if after starting you walk you see an ant say “ant”, then you see a bird and say “bird”. Your goal is to find objects for as many letters as possible before your walk ends.  See if you beat your original guess on how long it would take. Repeat and try to beat your time or repeat at different locations.


Featured in our Program:

  • Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root
  • The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin
  • Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
  • I Am Peace: a Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde
  • I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

Consider these books:

  • Rah, Rah, Radishes! by April Pulley Sayre
  • Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
  • Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat
  • Our Food, by Grace Lin
  • Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban
  • Calm with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Checkout Books from Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries