Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H! / “yay 4-H”) is a 4-H leadership program that empowers teens to make a difference in their community by exploring and helping solve community issues. This year the YA4-H! team is focusing on two projects (food and nutrition, and opioid-use prevention) both of which are issues of increasing concern, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. Teen interns will work 2-3 hours per week within the YA4-H! club in a team with WSU faculty, staff, and 4-H volunteers to learn about these important issues, brainstorm local solutions, and then take action by completing a teen-led community project. These 5-month paid internships are open to all high school-aged teens. Interns can earn approximately $500 total for active participation.
Ideas, Projects, and Resources…
Families are spending more time at home, so now is the perfect time to learn a new recipe and add a little more fun to family mealtime. Check out the free digital #4HFreshChefs Cookbook!
What’s better than cooking at home? Making meals that are both inspired and easy to make. This collection of recipes from the 4-H community hits those marks on every page.
Featuring nearly 50 recipes from 4-H’ers, supporters, and 4-H alumni — including celebrity chef, author, and Tennessee 4-H alumna Carla Hall — the Fresh Chefs digital cookbook includes healthy everyday recipes and celebratory dishes for youth and families to enjoy. Dig in!
Fresh Chefs was made possible by generous support from the Walmart Foundation.
Healthy Living Resources
National 4-H Council- 4-H Healthy Living Activity Guide: Download the 4-H Healthy Living Activity Guide for 30 hands-on, educational activities to help your child live a happy, healthy life.
MyPlate Kid’s Place: MyPlate Kid’s Place includes games, videos, songs, and activity sheets to help kids learn about food, nutrition, and physical activity.
Food Science Activities For Kids: Penn State University offers a list of easy, hands-on activities to help kids learn about Food Science.
UGA Extension’s FoodTalk.org: Foodtalk includes simple recipes, as well as many quick and easy instructional videos. Get the whole family involved in cooking with foodtalk.org.
FoodHero: FoodHero, from Oregon State University, offers kid-approved recipes, cooking videos, activity sheets and coloring pages.
Fight BAC: The Partnership for Food Safety Education’s Fight BAC!® for Kids section includes ideas and fun activities for kids that teach them about the basics of safe food handling.
America’s Test Kitchen for Kids: America’s test kitchen is temporarily offering free access to resources for youth. Check it out for ideas, recipes, and information about young people in the kitchen.
Home Baking Association: The Home Baking Association also has some lesson plans and other resources posted for Classroom, After-school & Clubs work with youth. These provide good examples of teaching along with baking — special food needs, measuring, roles of ingredients like fats, flour, etc.
LifeSmarts U: LifeSmarts U lessons explore current consumer topics in depth. Lessons in this virtual classroom have two components – online modules for independent student learning, and an “unplugged” lesson for educators to use in classroom or group instruction.
Food and Drug Administration Food and Science Resources- If you are looking for free online food-related science resources, FDA has interactive curricula using food safety & nutrition to make science relevant. Note the Nutrition topics are from 2017, so the Nutrition Facts label one would not have the latest nutrition facts panel information.
Food & Nutrition Links
to help foods project leaders and youth wanting recipes for cooking contests
- http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ : the new MyPlate, fun, games, education, tips, tracking
- http://www.fns.usda.gov/team-nutrition : USDA’s Team Nutrition is an integrated, behavior based, comprehensive plan for promoting the nutritional health of the Nation’s children. This plan involves schools, parents, and the community in efforts to continuously improve school meals, and to promote the health
and education of 50 million school children in more than 96,000 schools nationwide.
- https://pubs.wsu.edu/ItemDetail.aspx?ProductID=14069 : Food Activities [& contest] Guidelines
- New or Revised 4-H Scorecards (2013)