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Diamond Clover Combines Healthy Living and Media

One of our Maryland 4-H teens, Leah McLean from Montgomery County, completed work on her Diamond Clover service project recently. Her project was to teach the Media-Smart Youth curriculum to middle-school youth. The ten lessons, which were developed by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) teach youth about the complex media world and how it can influence their health. The curriculum ends with a "Big Production" in which the youth create their own media experience. Leah's class decided to make an advertisement about healthy living, and received permission from a local magazine to run their ad. They scheduled a photo shoot and incorporated the help of two older 4-Hers to be photographer (Rina Huang) and videographer (Ellie Vandegriff). The result was a bright, lively ad, designed by project advisor, Cathy Dobos, with a timely message, that appeared in the September issue of Washingtonian magazine. A large blow-up of ad hung in the 4-H Building at the Montgomery County Fair, and NICHD has posted it on their Facebook page.

For a behind-the-scenes look at how the advertisement was created, click on this link. Enjoy!

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