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4H Health Programs for Youth


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Title: 4H Health Programs for Youth

4-H Health Programs for Youth
Courtney J. Schoessow, MPH Health
Specialist C-schoessow_at_tamu.edu
Alice Kirk, MPH Child Health Specialist ab-kirk_at_ta
Session Overview
  • 4-H Club Health/Safety Officer Handbook
  • Focus on Health- Method Demonstration
  • Students Winning Against Tobacco (SWAT)
  • Put it Outside, Raising Healthy Kids
  • Project Towards No Tobacco (TNT)
  • Walk Across Texas (WAT)
  • Mini-grants from Texas Cancer Council
  • HealthHints Newsletters

4-H Club Health/Safety Officer Handbook
  • Developed by 4-H and FCS team
  • Provides 4-H members with leadership
  • Suggests duties for meetings and activities
  • Includes various health topics
  • Copies can be downloaded at
  • http//fcs.tamu.edu/health/index.htm

Focus on Health- Method Demonstration
  • Presentations relate to health education and the
    health industry
  • Presentations must be supported by sound medical
    and health journal articles
  • Suggested presentation topics include
  • Increasing Physical activity
  • Reducing Cancer risk
  • Reducing/preventing tobacco use
  • Sun safety
  • Hand washing
  • First aid
  • Dental care
  • Stress management

Focus on Health Contest- Resources
  • Texas Cooperative Extension Health and Safety
    Website- http//extensionhealth.tamu.edu
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Educational Resources at District Centers
  • Educational Resource Library
  • Youth developed websites
  • http//getmovin.tamu.edu
  • http//dontdip.tamu.edu
  • http//coolshade.tamu.edu
  • http//nobutts.tamu.edu

Students Winning Against Tobacco (SWAT)
  • Goal- To prevent tobacco use and susceptibility
    to other substances
  • Comprehensive community focused tobacco
    prevention program
  • Research based and uses best practices
  • Can be downloaded- go to http//fcs.tamu.edu/youth
    /index.php or agent only health website.

Put it Outside, Raising Healthy Kids
  • Goal- Reduce exposure of young children to
    tobacco smoke
  • 4-H youth and leaders can be trained on
  • Curriculum available in flip chart or power point
  • On-line data entry and automatic data analysis
    available at http//fcs.tamu.edu/health/index.htm

Project Towards No Tobacco (TNT)
  • 10 session program with proven results
  • School delivery recommended but can be adapted
    to other youth groups
  • Available for purchase (45) at ETR at
  • Apply for Texas Cancer Council mini-grants to
    purchase this curriculum supportive materials

Walk Across Texas (WAT)
  • Goal- To establish the habit of regular physical
  • 8-week program where team members support each
  • On-line data entry at http//walkacrosstexas.tamu.
  • 4-H teams can be established
  • Classes within schools can compete as a team
  • Youth Health Breaks available on topics- examples
  • Beginning a physical activity program
  • Dressing for Physical activity
  • Safety first
  • Over-heating

Texas Cancer Council (TCC) Mini-Grants
  • Approximately 60 mini-grants available every
    October to any Texas Cooperative Extension Agent
  • Amounts vary from 250 to 1,000.
  • Request for proposal can be found on FCS agent
    only website
  • Work must be completed by August 31 of the
    corresponding year
  • Final reports must be submitted using established
    forms found on FCS agent only website
  • Funds can be used to purchase health program
    curriculum and resources- examples include
  • TNT curriculum
  • Mr. Dip Lip
  • Pedometers for Title I schools
  • UV beads bracelets

HealthHints Newsletters
  • Available on FCS agent only website
  • Various health related topics covered including
  • Childhood Overweight
  • Importance of Hand washing

Session Summary
  • WE are here to help YOU!!!
  • Contact either Alice or Courtney for support
  • Alice 979-458-2098 or ab-kirk_at_tamu.edu
  • Courtney 979-458-4224 or c-schoessow_at_tamu.edu
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