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  • Healthy Living Resource Guide and Toolkit

    Created as an online guide for state and local professional staff and volunteers in the development of 4-H Healthy Living programming, this Resource Guide includes philosophical background and research for 4-H Healthy Living programming as well as links for evaluation and research, professional development opportunities and resources for fundraising.  The resource guide also includes educational tools highlighting each area of 4-H Healthy Living.

    The 4-H Healthy Living Promotional Mini-Toolkit has templates for developing brochures and other collateral to promote local 4-H healthy Living activities and programs.

    Federal & Extension Resources

    Below are links to federal and extension resources related to healthy living.

    Apps for Healthy Kids
    The Apps for Healthy Kids is an initiative of Let's Move! with the support of the U.S Department of Agriculture. The Application Gallery showcases apps submitted for the apps competition.

    Best Bones Forever - HHS 
     Best Bones Forever provides resources to help girls 9-18 build their bone mass.

    White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity 
    White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President
     is an interagency plan that details a coordinated strategy, identifies key benchmarks, and outlines an action plan to end the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.

    Cyberbullying Research Center
    The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.

    Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010
    The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the federal government's evidence-based nutritional guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.

    Eat Fruits and Veggies Every Day - CDC
    Fruits and Veggies Matter - figure out how many fruits and veggies you need every day.

    Eat Healthy • Be Active Community Workshops - Health.gov
    Six one-hour workshops were developed based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Workshop lesson plans, learning objectives, talking points, hands-on activities, videos, and handouts are available online on the Health.gov web site.

    Food Environment Atlas - Economic Research Service, USDA
    The Food Environment Atlas shows how successful communities are in accessing healthy food.

    Girl's Health - HSS
    Girlshealth.gov was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face.

    Healthier US.gov - Executive Office of the President and HHS
    Healthier US.gov provides credible information to help people live healthier lives.

    Healthy Counties Database (NACo)
    NACo's Healthy Counties Database
     enables you to search for model policies, programs and initiatives that counties have enacted to promote wellness and help prevent childhood obesity.

    Let's Move Initiative - Office of the First Lady and various agencies
    The Let's Move Initiative works to ensure that all families have access to healthy, affordable food in their communities. Learn how faith-based and neighborhood organizations can be key partners in solving the problems that lead to obesity and addressing related issues of hunger.

    National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research
    The purpose of NCCOR is to reverse the current childhood obesity trends through research, coordination and collaboration - CDC, NIH, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and USDA.

    Noisy Planet - Keeping Noise Down on the Farm
    This is a 3 minute video by NIH about the importance of protecting your hearing when living or working on a farm.

    Nutrition.gov - USDA and HHS
     provides reliable information on food and nutrition from across the federal government.

    Obesity Prevention - eXtension Community of Practice
    Families, Food and Fitness provides resources for maintaining good health and preventing obesity.

    Presidential Active Lifestyle Award
    The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) recognizes individuals who log their physical activity for six consecutive weeks, five days a week - 60 minutes for youth, 30 minutes minimum for adults.It's a way to begin to include activity into your daily routine. To join the national 4-H PALA group, go to http://www.presidentschallenge.org/natl4-H/ and create an account.

    Teen Cuisine Workbook
    The Teen Cuisine Workbook allows teens to learn basic cooking and meal-planning skills in a hands-on approach, including cooking terms and measurement equivalent information, nutrition education based on MyPlate, and food budgeting. For a copy of the Teen Cuisine workbook, please contact Virginia Cooperative Extension staff Elena Serrano or Tonya Price.

    Teen Cuisine Leader's Guide
    The Leader Guide is a companion book to Teen Cuisine for the volunteer guiding a group of youth. For a copy of the Teen Cuisine leaders' guide, please contact Virginia Cooperative Extension staff Elena Serrano or Tonya Price.