Spring Break Activities (different dates for different ages).
Spend a week with an eye out for hatching chicks, caring for goats, collecting chicken eggs, investigating a living pond and discovering how the forest springs to life.
Purple Up Day celebrates all the military families in Michigan.
Eat Healthy, Be Active is a nutrition program where participants learn the skills needed to make healthy eating and regular physical activity a part of their lifestyle.
Join our staff for a one-hour online training opportunity held during nap time. Connect through your computer and learn about alternatives to anger with young children.
Therapeutic Riding for youth with special needs
Join other Michigan youth to experience college life, learn new ideas, and build skills needed for future success. 200+ action-filled classroom & field trip sessions offered.
Want to learn more about healthy after school snacks?
“My health to better living”
Kids need all the information they can get about their food and fitness options. You can promote nutrition, health and fitness as important parts of a young person’s development. 4-H offers learning opportunities and resources that help kids make healthy food choices, develop their food purchase and preparation skills, create plans for fitness, and prepare and handle food safely.
Health involves the physical, social, intellectual, mental and environmental well-being of young people. Michigan 4-H Youth Development supports and empowers individuals, families and volunteers to help young people make proactive decisions about healthy lifestyles. 4-H links decision-making skill building to current health issues such as tobacco use prevention, stress management, nutrition and fitness to teach youth:
- Healthy behaviors
- The science of human diseases
- Ways to become advocates in their communities to build healthy lifestyles
Through 4-H health programs, young people develop:
- Positive values such as responsibility and restraint
- Positive identity and self-esteem
- Social competencies such as resistance skills, stress management skills and the ability to make healthy lifestyle choices
Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Michigan 4-H programs encourages young people to think about the foods they eat and to take positive steps to increase their intake of foods that will keep them healthy and where possible help them avoid foods that lead to unhealthily risk.
Teaching proper nutrition and healthy eating habits takes place in many different activities and forms throughout Michigan 4-H Programing. By training Teen and volunteer and giving them tools, recipes and activities, they can work with youth to provide fun, positive, educational programs that encourage increased focus on healthy choices.
Michigan 4-H encourages youth to actively engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. 4-H offers programs and camps for youth to learn about new ways to stay active as well as encourage physical activity. While there are opportunities for adults, teen leaders and volunteers to gain valuable experience through hands on training, Michigan 4-H encourage youth do develop healthy habits by staying active to build a healthy lifestyle.
Michigan 4-H program helps to educate youth about personal safety including, vehicle safety practices, both as a driver and passenger, tobacco prevention, safe seat belt practices and other areas that keep youth safe from physical or emotional harm.
This priority [MN1] area provides resources and training opportunities for teen and adult from across the state to learn about how they can implement personal safety programs into the work they do with youth.
- Get involved in youth tobacco prevention. [MN2]
Michigan 4-H Youth Development offers a youth tobacco prevention curriculum called “Life’s A Kick! Don’t Start” that provides information and activities designed to encourage young people to make healthy choices about tobacco use. Check out ”Life’s a Kick! Don’t Start” to find ways you can get involved in this very important youth health issue.
For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:
B’Onko Sadler, Associate Program Leader
- Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments (HNI101)
- Eat Healthy! Be Active! Play Outside! Enjoy Nature! Make Friends! Youth Activity Sampler
- Food, Culture & Reading: A Facilitators Guide for Grades 4-6
- Foodways: A 4-H Folkpatterns Project (4H1329)
- Healthy Habits! A Leader’s Guide to Helping Children Reduce the Risk of Cancer (4H1597)
- Heritage Gardening: Vegetables (4H1279)
- JIFF Info. for Staff, Educators and Volunteers
- Jump Into Foods & Fitness: Promotional Materials
- Jump Into Foods & Fitness: Recommended Book List for Youth
- Jump Into Foods & Fitness: Recommended Websites for Families
- Jump Into Foods & Fitness: Recommended Websites for Youth
- Life’s a Kick! Youth Tobacco Use Prevention Project (4H1596)
- Nutrition and Physical Activity Fact Sheets
- Nutrition, Physical Activity & Health Organizations & Programs
- State and national 4-H websites
- Tobacco Use Prevention Organizations
- Zoonotic Disease