Healthy Living

Healthy Living

About Arkansas 4-H Healthy Living

Head, Heart, Hands, and Health - healthy living is part of the 4-H program and identity. We believe that healthy habits begin in families and communities. We strive to equip young people with healthy living knowledge and skills to prepare them to meet today's challenges physically, emotionally, and socially. 4-H Healthy Living programs address issues including nutrition, fitness, substance abuse, safety and social and emotional wellness.

Healthy Living Programs and Resources

The 4th H Meeting Challenge (formerly called the Healthy Meeting Challenge) is a program that encourages clubs to make smarter eating and drinking choices. Clubs that choose to participate in this program, pledge to have healthy snack options and water each time they have a meeting.

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The first ever Arkansas 4-H Food Challenge!     

This year, the Arkansas 4-H Food Challenge will be held on Friday, May 29th, 2020 at the Pulaski Technical Culinary Arts College in Little Rock, AR. This is a great facility for young “future” chefs to get a “taste” for the culinary life.  

Registration will be through your local county extension office. Registration is available through your local extension office and is due by April 24th, 2020. For contacting your county office, check out this page with their information. There will be a $100 TEAM FEE. This will cover the cost of cooking ingredients and 4 team members to compete. Each team member will receive the 2020 Arkansas 4-H Food Challenge t-shirt. Payment must be made on or before registration deadline on April 24th.

Listed below are helpful resources to get your team started. Feel free to contact your local county extension office with any questions.

Helpful Resources 

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Healthy Living Projects

Foods and Nutrition projects help participants learn to make heathy food choices and to reducse the risk of illness and disease. Learning experiences center on nutrition, menu planning, and food buying. Food preparation techniques and food safety are also emphasized in this project area. 


Projects in Food Preservation and Food Safety involve participants in learning and applying scientific principles of safe food handling to prevent food borne illness. Participants also learn food preservation skills and methods. 


Health and Fitness projects focus on activities promoting healhty lifestyles and a healty self-image. Social, emotional, mental, and physical health are emphasized equally. Participants learn principles of nutrition and exercise as they relate to health, appearance, lifelong fitness, and wellness. 

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