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Healthy Lifestyles Challenge

The 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Challenge is modeled after such competitions as the Food Network’s “Iron Chef,” challenges teams of 4-H members to create a dish they are assigned. Team members must prepare the dish, make a presentation about it to the judges, interpret a label, plan a menu utilizing the dish and prepare a fitness plan. The presentation will include information about the serving size, nutritional value, how to utilize the dish in a meal and the cost of the dish. The 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Challenge allows 4-H members to demonstrate their culinary and food safety skills to judges and observers.

Age divisions are determined by a participant’s grade:

Cloverleaf Division: Grades 4-5
Junior Division: Grades 6-8
Senior Division: Grades 9 and up

Objectives:

  • Provide opportunities for participants to exhibit their knowledge and skills when preparing and presenting a dish

  • Provide opportunity for participants to explain their understanding of labeling

  • Provide opportunity for participants to demonstrate their knowledge of ones need for physical activity

  • Provide opportunities for participants to learn from other team members

  • Promote teamwork

  • Give participants opportunities for public speaking

  • Provide leadership opportunities

  • Give 4-H members the opportunity to participate in a new, exciting, competitive event

Healthy Lifestyles Challenge Rules (Check back with us for updated rules)

Teams will first compete within the Midlands Regional Competition before advancing to the State Healthy Lifestyles Contest, held at the State Fair in October.