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4-H Health Officers: Smiles for a Lifetime. Helping each 4-H’er take a stand for “healthier living”. Missing Something in Your Extension Health Programs?. Components:. 4-H Health Officer Training – Officers, Volunteers, Agents Curriculum - 4-H Club Health Activity Guide

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4 h health officers smiles for a lifetime

4-H Health Officers:Smiles for a Lifetime

Helping each 4-H’er take a stand for “healthier living”

components
Components:
  • 4-H Health Officer
  • Training – Officers, Volunteers, Agents
  • Curriculum

- 4-H Club Health Activity Guide

- 4-H Club Dental Health Planner

- County Officer Training Outline

  • Club Activities
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Goal

To increase knowledge about dental health and motivate 4-H’ers and families to try new dental health habits

and to improve others.

improving everyday dental behaviors
Improving Everyday Dental Behaviors
  • Brush and floss teeth more often and thoroughly
  • Choose healthy snacks (fruits and veggies)
  • Replace sugar-added drinks with water and low-fat milk
  • Commit to being tobacco-free
  • Wear protective gear
  • Use flouride mouth rinse
curriculum
Curriculum

4-H Club Dental Health Planner

Members track health behaviors

4-H Club Health Activity Guide

Officers lead fun club activities

implementation
Implementation

4-H’ers lead

fun activities

56 4-H Health Officers

Training by local oral health educators

evaluation tools
Evaluation Tools
  • Club Record Form

- Documents activities conducted at club meetings

- Youth input to improve program

  • Parent Survey

- Observed at-home dental health behaviors

- Assess child’s dental health

- Perceptions of how child

used the Planner

the 4 h health initiative
The 4-H Health Initiative

 builds youth leadership

 integrates dental health education into

existing 4-H youth development program

 designed to be low-cost, high- impact,

and sustainable

project team
Project Team
  • County Extension faculty, volunteers, youths
  • Elaine Bowen, Ed.D., Extension Specialist

WVU Extension Service

  • Gina Sharps, R.D.H., Oral Health Educator

WVU School of Dentistry

  • Richard Meckstroth, D.D.S., Professor

WVU School of Dentistry