Healthy Kids Healthy Families, Madison County

Children tend to look up to teens as role models, wanting to copy everything that their big brother or sister does.  Who better then to teach young children about the importance of a good diet and exercise than active and enthusiastic 4-H teens?  Five teens and three adult partners volunteered for training in the new Choose Health: Eat and Play Well curriculum.  After training, the teens then held healthy lifestyles classes at local libraries for 20 children in grades 3-5.  The children learned healthy lifestyle lessons through teen instruction and active games.  Enthusiasm for this program abounded.  One teen remarked “The kids were learning and didn’t really know it. They had fun doing it”, and children too young for the program were visibly disappointed that they had to wait until next year to join in the fun.  In addition to the library classes, the independent and skilled teens continued working with the program, manning the booths at the 2 fairs, helping Eat Well Play Hard staff with summer events, and preparing healthy snacks for 50 people at the Community Action Program Girls Night Out (an event for the CAP Mentee/Mentor program).

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