University of Maryland Extension

Growing Healthy Kids

Growing Healthy Kids (Youth Safety)

The 4-H Youth Development ‘s preventative health and safety programs provide youth with a better understanding of how informed choices can help themselves and their families. Youth and the adults that work with them learn safe practices in the home, farm and outdoors.

Farm Programs: programs for youth and adults living or working around agricultural related safety hazards.

  • Safe Tractor Operators course (a federal certification training)
  • Animal Safety

Home and Outdoor Programs

  • Household chemical safety, fire safety, household appliance and electric safety, bicycle safety, weather safety
  • Lawn equipment
  • ATV safety
  • Firearm safety
  • Water safety

Personal Health

  • Health Rocks Program: tobacco, drug, alcohol education
  • Athlete concussion and EKG screening
  • Sun and skin safety
  • Hearing and vision
  • Health and physical fitness
  • Roadway safety

4-H educators also disseminate information at health fairs, home and garden shows, Safe Kids Days, County fairs, back to school nights, community programs and University of Maryland sponsored events such as Maryland Day and Ag Day.

For information on local 4-H programs that focus on health and wellness, contact your county Extension office.

For information on the University of Maryland 4-H program in general, click here.


Growing Healthy Kids
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