Cooking Matters for the Child Care Professional

The is a professional training for child care providers. Learn how to prepare healthy snacks on a budget.

ABCs of Bullying Prevention and Be SAFE - Safe Affirming and Fair Environments

This two-part workshop provides adults with opportunities to explore strategies and resources for addressing issues of bullying, bias and harassment in their communities.

4-H Exploration Days

This MSU pre-college program gives young people a chance to experience college life, learn new ideas and skills, and meet people from across Michigan.

4-H Cloverbud Camp

This is a fun, safe and educational camp all about healthy living for children 5-8 years old.

FRIENDS Health and Nutrition Day Camp

This camp is for children 7-11 years old to learn about having a healthy lifestyle.

Food, Health & Well-being

food, nutrition and fitness

“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

Get Involved!

  • Start a Natural Helpers program in your school, club or after-school setting.
    This peer helper program is based on the premise that within every group of teens there exists an informal “helping network.” Teens aged 13 to 19 with problems naturally seek out other teens (and adults) whom they trust. The Natural Helpers program trains those informal helpers in the skills they need to more effectively help the young people who seek them out. Since 1991, hundreds of young people and adults have participated in Natural Helpers training.
  • Get involved in youth tobacco prevention.
    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
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Phone: 517-432-7618''517-432-7618


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