Healthy Living

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  • Program PrioritiesHealthy Living

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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:

  • Decision-making
  • Resiliency
  • Conflict resolution
  • Social skills
  • Personal safety
  • Healthy lifestyle choices


Nebraska 4-H prepares youth to make well-informed decisions through Career Development and Healthy Living programs. Signature program efforts designed to prepare youth to make decisions today and for their future include Food Smart Families, WeCook, and Connecting the Dots. Together, these programs are making a significant impact on youth across the state. 

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Food Smart Families

1,200 youth participated in the Food Smart Families program in 2017. 87% agreed that they learned what makes up a balanced diet and 91% reported that they learned how to make healthier food.

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Over 150 families participated in the WeCook afterschool program in 2017. 44 college students helped deliver the program. Youth significantly increased their knowledge of why physical activity is good for them. 84% of youth reported they really liked to cook at the end of the program.

WeCook Program

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Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots was delivered to more than 1,300 youth in 2017. 33% of participants reported that the program helped them learn about colleges that will be a good fit for them. 60% reported that they learned how to act professionally.