Healthy Lifestyles Challenge

Youth making a smoothie using a blender bike.

4-H 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.

The Healthy Lifestyles Challenge was developed through a partnership of 4-H, Zest Quest, and Partners for Academic Community Engagement.

Objectives:

  • Provide opportunities for participants to exhibit their knowledge and skills when preparing and presenting a dish
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to explain their understanding of labeling
  • Provide an 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

This is a link to the instructions and sample score sheet

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • What does the contest involve?
    The contest involves preparing a recipe you have not seen before and preparing a 5-minute presentation. 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. At the end of one hour, the team presents the final dish and their presentation to a panel of judges.
  • Who can compete in the competition?
    A team of 3 to 4 youth compete in the Healthy Lifestyles Competition. Cloverleaf Division: Grades 4-5, Junior Division: Grades 6-8, Senior Division: Grades 9-12
  • How is the contest scored?
    Each team is judged on the preparation skills and their presentation.
  • $10 Meal Challenge?
    Tentatively scheduled to be included in the Summer Cookoff on June 11. Rules for the $10 Meal Challenge.