Nebraska 4-H educates youth about making healthy and safe decisions in their daily lives. Through healthy living programs, youth gain knowledge and develop skills for making health and safe decisions in their daily lives, gain an understanding of what positive relationships look like, practice healthy and safe decision making, exhibit increase resiliency, develop positive relationships with adults and peers, and maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle leading to decreased health related problems and medical costs.
Through healthy lifestyle programs youth developed important life skills, including:
- Conflict resolution
- Social skills
- Personal safety
- Healthy lifestyle choices
Signature program efforts around healthy living include 4-H Healthy U, the Healthy Living Skill-a-thon, and a new 4-H Foods Contest at the Nebraska State Fair. These programs reached approximately 4,000 youth. Additionally, hands-on activities in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, hand washing, food preservation, food preparation, and decision making were delivered to nearly 18,000 youth. Of the youth in these programs:
YOUTH KNOW THE VALUE OF A HEALTHY BALANCED DIET
YOUTH REPORTED PLANS TO ENCOURAGE THEIR FAMILIES TO EAT MEAL TOGETHER
YOUTH LEARNED HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS IN A POSITIVE WAY
The Nebraska 4-H Youth Development program strives to empower youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. To identify the impact that the Nebraska 4-H program is making in the lives of youth ages 5-18, various research studies have been conducted across Nebraska and the nation.