(Morrisville, NY) Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County and NYS 4-H were well-represented at a recent healthy living training at the 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md., for the 10 states that are part of a new National 4-H Council and United Healthcare collaboration called Eat4-Health.
NYS 4-H not only is a grant recipient, but Wendy Wolfe, DNS, and Sally Crosiar, youth development consultant, assisted by Madison County educator Peg Lewis and her Choose Health Action Teen representative Justice Armstrong, conducted a major part of the training. All were impressed when the event began with Armstrong, 17, teaching the first lesson from the new 4-H curriculum Choose Health: Food, Fun and Fitness and surprising everyone with how much sugar is in various sweetened drinks.
Each of the 10 states sent a team of two educators and a teen and were trained on Cornell’s CHAT and Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness (CHFFF) programs, which National 4-H Council selected as the main programs they want used for this grant project.
CHAT is a program in which teens are trained to co-teach our newly developed CHFFF curriculum to younger youth. CHFFF is a six-lesson, hands-on curriculum focused on healthy eating and active play.
“What is exciting about this program is that the teens learn about healthy eating and active living by teaching younger youth, and often change their own behavior as a result,” Lewis said. “They also learn valuable leadership and presentation skills.”
Madison County Healthy Living activities will include presentations at the Madison County Fair, the Madison County 4-H Youth Fair, the Family Fun Day in Oneida and the New York State Fair.
The Madison County CHATs will also teach CHFFF lessons at the Madison County Children’s Camp this summer.
For more information about CHFFF or about becoming a CHAT, contact Lewis at (315) 684-3001 or PGL5@cornell.edu.