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  • Healthy Living Research

    4-H Healthy Living initiatives are proven to influence youth to engage in positive healthy living behaviors.

    Teens Take on Health

    Sponsored by National 4-H Council and Molina Healthcare, Teens Take on Health is a first-of-its-kind, teen-led research effort that is focused on talking with young people instead of talking at them.

    What teens told us:
    • America’s youth see health as holistic—mind, body and soul
    • Obesity is top of mind for American youth
    • Teens are paying attention to health care access issues
    • They aren't getting enough sleep, need help with stress and are concerned about mental health needs in their communities
    Learn more about the groundbreaking research:
     

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    4-H Study of Positive Youth Development

    According to the decade-long study, 4-H'ers are two times more likely to make healthier choices. To learn more, download The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development (full report) or view the Factsheet.

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    4-H Healthy Living

    Evidence-based and peer-reviewed 4-H Healthy Living Programs have been highlighted by the USDA Programs of Distinction. Healthy Living liaisons from the nation’s 109 land-grant universities and colleges work to enable successful healthy living programming.

    Common Measures: Wal-Mart and United Healthcare

    See the aggregated and interpreted Common Measures data for the Walmart Youth Voice: Youth Choice grant program in 4-H Healthy Living.  This is the first report generated from Common Measures data in a Council grant program.  Report completed by Dr. Joseph Donaldson and colleagues of the University of Tennessee.  Full report.
     

    See the aggregated and interpreted Common Measures data for the UnitedHealthcare Eat 4 Health grant program in 4-H Healthy Living.  Report completed by Dr. Joseph Donaldson and colleagues of the University of Tennessee.  Full report.

    See the aggregated and interpreted Common Measures data for the combined Walmart Youth Voice: Youth Choice and United Healthcare Eat4Health  grant programs in 4-H Healthy Living. Report completed by Dr. Joseph Donaldson and colleagues of the University of Tennessee.  Full report.

    Additional Research

    Dr. Laura Downey and Dr. Donna Peterson from Mississippi State University conducted an environmental scan of 4-H Healthy Living Programs in healthy eating, physical activity and alcohol-drug-tobacco intervention in 2013, identifying 78 programs. Of these, 20 were identified as having strong evidence for national replication. Full report


    In 2013-14, Dr. Joseph Donaldson and colleagues assessed professional and volunteer development needs in healthy living. A preliminary report was issued in fall, 2013, followed by a deeper dive in spring 2014.