4-H Healthy Lifestyles

In addition to preparing meals, experimenting with new recipes, taking cooking classes, reading recipe books or tracking your physical activity, do these things to complete a 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Project:

1. Attend club meetings  (If there is not a club available, attend at least one county and regional project event, day camp or workshop.

2. Compete in at least one county, regional or state competitive event:  Healthy Lifestyles Challenge, Presentations Contest, etc.

3. Participate in at least one county, regional or state 4-H service project.

4. Demonstrate 4-H leadership. For example, develop and display a 4-H poster for school or the County Fair or present a 4-H speech to your school class or your 4-H club.  

5. Submit a 4-H Record Book or a Senior Portfolio.

4-H Healthy Lifestyles offers youth opportunities to prepare foods, conduct fun kitchen experiments, use games and activities to learn about food safety and nutrition and guides youth in making healthy choices about food and physical activity.

Here is some information on ways you can get involved in 4-H Healthy Lifestyles.  Youth can use these ideas to build a 4-H project.  Adult leaders can use these activities to plan fun club meeting activities.  

Healthy Lifestyles Challenge
Modeled after The Food Network "Iron Chef" challenge, this popular contest challenges teams of youth to prepare an assigned dish and present nutrition, food safety and other facts about that dish to a panel of judges.  Orangeburg County 4-H generally hosts a summer Healthy Lifestyles Day Camp that leads to forming teams, practicing and competing at the regional and state level. 

4-H Cooking Classes
For all youth ages 9-19.  A variety of subject matter will be taught and will include: cake decorating, baking, altering recipes, chef's choice. 

Apple Math
Fruit Wordsearch
Healthy Lifesyles Wordsearch

Kid-Tested and Approved Recipes
Apple Cartwheels
Broccoli Salad
Fruit Dip
Fruit Yogurt Parfait
Hobo Pouch
Italian Chicken Fingers
Lemon Velvet Supreme
Peanut Butter Honey Chompers

Clemson University Home and Garden Information Center

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Altering Recipes
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