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Cruising through the Mission Mandates for Healthy Living Excellence. Janet Edwards Linda Kirk Fox May 2011. Positive Youth Development…. Considers the whole young person, not just a single characteristic or problem.

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Cruising through

the Mission Mandates

for Healthy Living Excellence

Janet Edwards

Linda Kirk Fox

May 2011

positive youth development
Positive Youth Development…
  • Considers the whole young person, not just a single characteristic or problem.
  • Focuses on the positive outcomes we desire for young people, not the negative outcomes we hope to prevent.
  • Youth have to be seen as central actors in their own development.
  • Emphasizes the importance of environment and creating opportunities.
  • Is dependent on family and community development as it occurs in the context of the family, community and society.
  • Programs must be available to all young people.

From: Cathann Kress NIFA, USDA

the need for healthy living
The Need for Healthy Living
  • Research indicates that obesity and the problems associated with childhood obesity have reached epidemic proportions.
  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the increase in childhood obesity represents an “unprecedented burden” on children’s health.
  • Today 25 million children aged 17 and under are considered obese or overweight.
collaboration among federal agencies
Collaboration among federal agencies

President Obama, assisted by Michelle Obama, signs MOU between U.S. Depts. of Education; Health and Human Services; and Agriculture

framework for healthy youth
Framework for Healthy Youth
  • Its mission engages youth and families through access and opportunities to achieve optimal physical, social, and emotional well-being.
  • The 4-H Healthy Living Program reaches 2.5 million youth in 50 states.
  • It mobilizes young people and implement sustainable strategies that will create healthy lifestyles for America’s families.
framework for healthy youth what is health
Framework for Healthy Youth What is health?
  • Health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease, or infirmity” (WHO, 2006).
  • "Wellbeing is a state of being with others,
    • where human needs are met,
    • where one can act meaningfully to pursue one\'s goals, and
    • where one enjoys a satisfactory quality of life”
  • A combination of physical, emotional, social and mental well-being is vital to achieve overall health.

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framework for healthy youth1
Framework for Healthy Youth

Activity 1 - Puzzle

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adaptation of socio ecological model
Adaptation of Socio-Ecological Model

Adapted From: Helen Chipman PhD, RD NIFA, USDA

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framework for healthy youth2
Framework for Healthy Youth

Activity 2 – Apply “Civic Engagement” framework

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nutrition education is
Nutrition Education is…
  • Any combination of educational strategies
  • Accompanied by environmental supports
  • Designed to facilitate the voluntary adoption of food and nutrition-related behaviors conducive to health and well-being
  • Delivered through multiple venues
  • Involves activities at the individual, community, and policy levels

Modified from definition given by Isobel Contento, EdD, RD 

From: Helen Chipman PhD, RD NIFA, USDA

framework for healthy youth3
Framework for Healthy Youth

Activity 3 – Apply “Science” framework

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framework for healthy youth4
Framework for Healthy Youth

EDUCATIONAL L E A D E R S H I P / DECEMBER 2 0 0 9 / JANUARY 2010

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who we reach
4-H

Youth 5 – 19 years

Family

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Trained Youth Development Educators

Volunteer Development

Food $ense

SNAP (Food Stamp) Eligible Youth and Families

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Trained Nutrition Educators

Volunteer Development

Who we reach…

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what we do
4-H

Youth development

Fitness

Agriculture/Gardening

Eco-Stewardship

SET or Science

Leadership / Citizenship

Family Involvement

Food $ense

Nutrition Education

Physical Activity

Food Resource management

Life skills – Cooking, Meal planning, Garden enhanced nutrition

Family Involvement

What we do…

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program emphasis
Program Emphasis
  • Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Healthy weights
    • portion control
    • physical activity
  • Whole grains
  • Lean meats
  • Label reading
  • Low cost
improving self efficacy
Improving Self-Efficacy

“Wow, you really do need math to cook!”

-Jr. Chef, Mason Co.

I am teaching my brother how to wash his hands before dinner.” -Youth, Clark Co.

where we do it
4-H

School Enrichment

After-school programs

Clubs

Camps

Food $ense

Schools

Parks and Recreation

Community Centers

Summer camps

Where we do it…

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how we do it
4-H

Positive Youth Development

Food $ense

Hands on / Experiential Nutrition Education

How we do it…

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resources for healthy youth
Resources for Healthy Youth
  • Healthy Living Mission – Goal is to increase from 2.5 Million to 2.75 Million 4-H Youth
  • Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Challenge
  • Goal is to have 100,000 4-H Youth enroll
  • http://www.presidentschallenge.org/natl4-H
  • Six weeks to:
    • Move it
    • Log it
    • Earn it

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