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!
Need help connecting?
Request a Remote Kit and use our self-directed activity guide to complete hands-on projects at home.
Borrow a Chromebook from the FVRLibraries. Chromebooks can be “checked-out” for up to two hours and used on library grounds.
Learn about Emergency Broadband Benefits
Find where you can access Free Wifi Drive-In thanks to the Washington State Department of Commerce
Still unsure how your family can participate? Ask us!
Call Clark County 4-H 564-397-5730 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Klickitat County 4-H 509-773-5817 Email: email@example.com
Call Skamania County 4-H 509-427-3932 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
At Home Fun: Garden Rocks!
Painting a rock is a creative way to add some color to your room, house, or outside. If you have a place for a garden where you live, you can use a painted rock to decorate your garden. Painting rocks is fun and a little messy. This is a good activity to do outside or in the house with newspaper or other ways to protect the table or floor where you are painting.
- A rock (a smooth river rock is best)
- Make sure you cover your space and are wearing clothing that you can get paint on or that you have protected your clothing.
- Clean and dry the rock.
- Decide what you want to paint on your rock. Do you have a favorite fruit or vegetable you’d like to draw on your rock? If you are using your rock in your garden, you might want to
- Paint your rock a base color.
- Paint away! Be as creative as you want.
- Let it dry for a couple of days where you know it
- Session 1 Newsletter
- Session 2 Newsletter
- Session 3 Newsletter
- Session 4 Newsletter
- Session 5 Newsletter
- Session 6 Newsletter
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
Stretch your SNAP benefits by shopping for fresh foods at your local matching Farmers’ market! While most of Oregon Farmers’ markets accept SNAP benefits (also known as Food Stamps, EBT or Oregon Trail), many also offer a matching program, which doubles SNAP purchases dollar for dollar up to a certain amount.
Farmers markets accept SNAP from any state and Pandemic EBT!
The Gorge Grown Mobile Farmers Market brings 100% locally grown fruit and vegetables to communities throughout the Gorge. See when the Mobile Market comes to a community near you: https://gorgegrown.com/mobilemarket/
Calling Teens! We’re Recruiting for the Summer
What does a Healthy Living Teen Ambassador do?
- Attend fun training sessions with other teens where you will learn to help younger kids have fun while they learn about health, nutrition and fitness
- Facilitate lessons on healthy living, including reading books, asking questions, and engaging with kids
- Lead active games and exercises
- Show kids how to make simple, healthy snacks
Why should you be an Ambassador?
- Earn an Amazon gift card
- Add experience to your resume
- Flex your leadership skills
- Optional future travel opportunities
- Build your social group
- Give back to your community
- Learn by doing!
Abby Brandt, 4-H Program Manager
Klickitat County Washington State University Extension
Mailing Address: 228 W. Main, MS-CH 12 Goldendale WA 98620