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BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension, in collaboration with the SDSU Wellness Center and Walmart Foundation, will host a two-day Health and Wellness Summit for South Dakota teens interested in serving as health and wellness ambassadors April 5-6 in Brookings at the Days Inn (2500 6th St).

“This summit empowers teens by providing them with training and information on wellness and overall healthy living so they are then ready to provide leadership and role-modeling on healthy living to peers and members of their community,” said Nikki Prosch, SDSU Extension health and physical activity field specialist.

What is a health and wellness teen ambassador?

Health and wellness teen ambassadors will be trained to promote and encourage healthy living through the seven dimensions of wellness in their schools and community.

During the summit, teens will develop an understanding of the following:

• The seven dimensions of wellness.

• Learn and promote healthy living choices and lifestyles.

• Create conversations, media, programming and community engagement around all dimensions of wellness.

• Specific health and wellness curricula.

The Summit will include a variety of breakout sessions and interactive activities focused on the topics of wellness including:

• Nutrition.

• Sleep.

• Financial health.

• Physical activity.

• Environmental health.

• Social health.

Following the summit, participating teens are asked to complete six hours of programming. Once programming is complete, teens will be recognized as a South Dakota health and wellness teen ambassador.

“This summit is unique, as it provides extensive training in health and wellness, with the expectation that teens will return to their communities to serve as a health and wellness teen ambassadors,” Prosch said.

Who can attend?

Health and wellness teen ambassadors are youth who are motivated and engaged learners, teens who desire to be healthy living role-models, who are responsible, reliable and trustworthy. Ambassadors are expected to return to their hometowns and schools to communicate the value of living a healthy lifestyle.

If you or someone you know has these characteristics and is willing to partner and speak with adults, other peers and community members about health and wellness topics, you’re encouraged to attend.

Registration deadline is March 25. Youth must be 13 to 17 years old at time of registration to participate in the Wellness Summit. Participants will be staying overnight at the Days Inn in Brookings with adult supervision.

This event is made possible through a grant from the National 4-H Council and Walmart Foundation. To register, visit www.iGrow.org/events and search for the event date of April 5. Registration is $75.

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