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 physically, emotionally, and socially prepare them to meet today's challenges. 4-H Healthy Living programs address 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.

4th H Meeting Challenge 


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The first ever Arkansas 4-H Food Challenge!     

The Arkansas 4-H Food Challenge will be tentatively held on Friday, August 6th, 2021 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 is available through your local County Extension office. There will be a $100 TEAM FEE which will cover the cost of cooking ingredients and 4 team members to compete. Each team member will receive the 2021 Arkansas 4-H Food Challenge t-shirt. Payment must be made on or before the registration deadline. 

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

Helpful Resources 

 Coming Soon!

This fun physical activity dice game is an excellent way to get out of your normal routine and spice up your physical fitness game! Print out 2 of the die template below, write physical activities on one of them, and numbers on the other one! Watch the video for more instructions & an alternate way to play if you cannot print out or make your dice. 

Dice Fitness Video


Arkansas 4-H Virtual 4k - Its racing season!!!

In April, during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Arkansas 4-H had just the right social distancing 4-k race! Starting Monday April 20th through Monday, May 4th, Arkansas 4-H hosted it's first 4k race and 4-Her, their families, and 4-H supporters all over Arkansas got out to run/walk. Check out the race results above! 

RACE RESULTS ARE IN - Click below to see how you placed!

Race Results

Healthy Living Projects

Foods and Nutrition projects help participants learn to make healthy food choices and to reduce 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 foodborne illness. Participants also learn food preservation skills and methods. 


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

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