University of Maryland Extension

Healthy Living Ambassadors - TEENS Wanted!

4-H Teens are needed!!!  We have three healthy living grants and all three offer opportunities for teens to have their expenses paid while they earn service learning hours doing healthy living activities.  Many states have 4-H Teen Health Ambassadors.  We currently have healthy living programs to engage teens.

Cooking Matters @ the Store offers training (a 2 day overnight training for interested teens) to conduct shopping tours of local WalMarts in the grocery area.  Teens will share knowledge of nutrition while sharing information to help consumers make wise choices in food selection.

Teens Take on Health is a grant where Town Hall-style events for teens and other stakeholders will be held to discuss and raise their voices on health and their solutions to the leading healthcare issues facing the nation today. Molina Healthcare will  be included in the planning especially for their expertise in engaging unreached youth and families.

And the third opportunity is Youth Voice: Youth Choice sponsored by WalMart. These programs to reach underserved/at-risk/minority youth and their families with quality healthy living education and other learning opportunities will utilize our UP for the CHALLENGE curriculum.  The goals are to: o Improve dietary choices and increase physical fitness. o Improve attitude toward and understanding of healthy foods, o Improve knowledge of local resources available to underserved youth and their families that support and provide further information on healthy living.

Do you know of teens who might be interested in using their 4-H leadership skills, speaking skills and interest in healthy living?  Please send names to Sandy Corridon (corridon@umd.edu).  The programs are starting NOW!!!

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