The 4-H program is made up of three primary content areas: citizenship, healthy living, and science. These three areas, or mission mandates, can work together in different activities, learning experiences, and projects. Because the 4-H program is administered through the land grant university system throughout the United States, the research findings and teaching of those institutions is the educational foundation for all 4-H programming. Learn more at 4H.org.
A core commitment of 4-H is health, as evidenced by the four Hs in the 4-H clover: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. 4-H is committed to the physical, mental, and emotional health of our nation’s youth so that they may lead healthy and productive lives into adulthood. 4-H has become a national leader in health-related educational issues including mental and emotional health, foods and nutrition, physical health, and safety.
The core areas of Healthy Living are:
- Social-Emotional Health
- Prevention of Injuries
- Prevention of Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drug Use
Learn more about National 4-H’s commitment to healthy lifestyles here.
Healthy Living Programming
Healthy Living programming focuses on all the core areas of the mission mandate. Programming focuses on both creating healthy habits that lead to a health-minded lifestyle as well as preventative measures that can help youth avoid health problems later on in life.
A recent grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation is making a new project possible that will help members have a better understanding of what goes into a healthy diet.. The new program, “Feeding Tomorrow’s Future Today,” is designed to fill the weekend food gap for public school students enrolled in free and reduced lunch programs while educating teens about food insecurity in their communities, the cost of food, and how to follow a budget. The program will be piloted in the upcoming academic year with 4-H Junior Leaders in Blackford, Elkhart, Wells, and Vanderburgh counties. Working with social workers, counselors and teachers, these teens will be part of a solution to real problems in their own backyards.
Healthy Living Project Areas
There are more than 70 project areas in Indiana 4-H that you can learn about here. Below is a list of just some of the project areas that fall under the Healthy Living mission mandate.
- Home Environment