Healthy Lifestyles Initiative
The Healthy Lifestyles Initiatives is a free program that supports healthy 4-H club meetings across the state. In collaboration with the WVU Extension Healthy Lifestyles Team and statewide health agencies, programs and curriculum are available such as Health Rocks!®
The initiative includes Youth Voice, Youth Choice, tobacco cessation and prevention programs regarding topics such as:
- Nutrition and Food Prep
- Physical Fitness
- Social and Emotional Health
- Personal Well-being
4-H Health Officers
This initiative builds leadership skills of youth and promotes the “Health H”. Each
year, youths are selected by their 4-H club members to become a club 4-H Health
Officer. County 4-H Officer Training Schools equip these new leaders with a
4-H Club Health Activity Guide and practice in using it effectively. Training
is held at County Officer Training Schools. Throughout the 4-H club year, health
officers highlight the “Health H” through interactive games, challenges, and discovery
activities with 4-H club members. Families receive handouts that reinforce healthy
habits. Adult 4-H leaders nurture the young Health Officers, helping them to prepare,
organize, and present. Each year, the 4-H Health Initiative focuses on a single
There are five health themes in rotation for the 4-H Health Officer Activity Guides:
The purpose of this program is to increase dental health knowledge and motivate 4-H’ers and families to try new dental health habits and to improve others.
The purpose of this program is to increase knowledge about healthy eating and motivate 4-H’ers and families to try new health habits and to improve others.
The purpose of this program is to increase knowledge about healthy relationships and motivate 4-H’ers and families to try new health habits and to improve others.2020 - 2021 Theme
This program aims to increase physical activity health knowledge and motivate 4-H’ers and families to try new health habits and to improve others.
4-H Healthy Lifestyles News
4-H Health Ambassador Trainings
Are you ready to become a 4-H Healthy Living Teen Ambassador? Learn more about this
exciting opportunity! Trainings are coming to your area!
West Virginia 4-H is a recipient of the Walmart Foundation Healthy Habits grant and the National 4-H Council’s Health Rocks!®. The Healthy Habits grant requires states to have 4-H Healthy Living Teen Ambassadors who assist in the facilitation of the nutrition, gardening and physical fitness activities in a variety of counties and state programs. The Health Rocks!® grant requires facilitation of the new pilot Health Rocks!® curriculum that includes tobacco, alcohol and substance misuse prevention. 4-H Healthy Living Teen Ambassadors can be current 4-H members or teens new to 4-H ages 13-18 for Health Rocks!® and grades 8-12 for Healthy Habits. If you are wondering how to get involved or become a 4-H Healthy Living Teen Ambassador, this article can help provide you with additional information.