30 N.D. 4-H clubs earn healthy club recognition
Thirty 4-H clubs were recognized for demonstrating their commitment to teaching healthful habits and practicing healthful living by being designated as Healthy North Dakota 4-H clubs for 2015-16.
The 4-H clubs, with a total of 463 members, earned the special recognition for making “Eat Smart. Play Hard.” lessons part of their club meetings for the past year. Six clubs also earned extra recognition for completing the Family Mealtime Challenge.
“Eat Smart. Play Hard. Together” is a statewide campaign that emphasizes the importance of making healthful food choices, getting regular exercise and families eating together. This was the eighth or ninth year some clubs were named a Healthy North Dakota 4-H Club. This year, each club member received a certificate of recognition and a small prize.
The clubs recognized this year are by county, number of members and number of years they have received the Healthy North Dakota 4-H Club recognition, and whether they completed the Family Mealtime Challenge:
• Barnes – Valley Friends, 14 members, seven years
• Burleigh – Caring Hands, six members, five years; Dynamite Kids, 13 members, three years; North Stars, seven members, three years, completed Family Mealtime Challenge; Silver Colts, seven members, seven years, completed Family Mealtime Challenge
• Cass – Absaraka Crows, 18 members, three years, completed Family Mealtime Challenge; Cass County Crusaders, 15 members, two years; Clover Friends, 33 members, three years, completed Family Mealtime Challenge; Dragonflies, 16 members, six years, completed Family Mealtime Challenge; Flickertails, 11 members, first year, completed Family Mealtime Challenge; Rainbow Kids, 15 members, eight years; Uniters, six members, eight years; Valley Adventures, 18 members, eight years; Wheatland Pioneers, 19 members, nine years
• Divide – Flickertails, eight members, nine years
• Grand Forks – K-KOTS, 18 members, two years; Walle Wonders, 15 members, one year
• Grant – Bull’s Eye 4-H Archery Club, 17 members, two years; City Slickers, 18 members, five years
• LaMoure – LaMoure Cloverleafs, 23 members, three years
• Logan – Cloverbuds, 17 members, two years; Dakota Kids, 16 members, three years
• McLean – Washburn Cowboys, six members, two years; Lakeside 4-H, 32 members, four years
• Morton – Missouri Valley Bunch, 23 members, eight years
• Pierce – Feathers, Hooves and Wool, eight members, two years
• Ransom – Aliceton, 17 members, five years
• Richland – Helping Hands, seven members, one year
• Sargent – Night Riders, 27 members, one year
• Ward – Prairie Ryders, seven members, one year
“One ‘H’ in 4-H stands for health, and we continue to be pleased with the variety of health-related activities that clubs throughout North Dakota report,” says Julie Garden-Robinson, North Dakota State University Extension Service food and nutrition specialist and Healthy North Dakota 4-H Clubs program coordinator. “For example, club members have demonstrated how to prepare healthful snacks, served food safely at county events and helped in community gardens, among their many activities. Some create displays to showcase their club activities at the county or State Fair level.
“Being part of a 4-H club involves learning by doing, and these clubs have not only learned about nutrition, fitness and health, but they have participated in activities that can impact their families and their communities,” she adds.
Clubs are required to incorporate at least one nutrition or fitness activity into a minimum of six regular meetings during the year to be named a Healthy North Dakota 4-H Club.
4-H clubs interested in participating in the 2016-17 North Dakota Healthy 4-H Clubs program should contact their county Extension office or visit this website: http://tinyurl.com/healthy4-Hclubs.