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4-H Food Smart Families

Presented by Youth Advocates for Health!

The WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program has been selected as one of five Extension programs in the nation to pilot “Food Smart Families”, a new nutrition and healthy living education program funded by the National 4-H Council in partnership with the ConAgra Foundation. The goal of the program is to reduce the incidence of obesity among youth and adults. The $150,000 grant will allow WSU Extension 4-H to reach 2,500 underserved, low-income, and at risk youth through ten hours of nutrition and healthy living education and five hours of community service. The grant also provides funding for teen interns! Through the Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!) program, teen interns will advocate for healthy living in their communities, helping younger children learn about nutrition, exercise and healthy behaviors.

Healthy living education will target knowledge and skill development in nutrition, food preparation, cooking, label reading, and price comparison to build smart shopping skills. WSU Extension will work with local 4-H programs, schools and other youth organizations to deliver the program through day camps, after-school classes, and workshops. This pilot project runs from mid-February through October 31, 2014.

Do you know of a school or youth program that would be interested in hands-on Food Smart Families activities? Let us know!