October Post

Breathing Techniques From Our GEM Curriculum

Triangle Breath

Get in an upright seated position with your back straight, feet flat on the floor and roll
your shoulders back, making sure you can breathe easily. For the exercise, we are
going to image a triangle, breathing in on one side, holding for another side, and then
breathing out for the last side.

Starting at the bottom left of the triangle…

INHALE for a count of 3, as you trace the first side of the triangle
HOLD for a count of 3, as you trace the second side of the triangle
EXHALE for a count of 3, as you trace the last side of the triangle
Repeat 3x!
This breathing exercise helps us form a steady and consistent rhythm of breathing.

Vaping at an Early Age

Did you know that 39% of kids who have vaped in the past have started at the young age of 15?

Plogging for Purple

Join Delaware 4-H’s October Campaign to Plog for Purple during the month of October when we show our support for prevention and recovery.

Plogging is an activity that combines walking or jogging and picking up litter. Plog alone, with friends and family, or with your school or club.

Monthly raffles are drawn for those who plog and send the pounds of trash, number of bags collected, or a picture of your plogging to  kjohn@udel.edu.  

The more you plog, the more chances you will have in the raffle for $100.00 Amazon Gift Card.  We can’t wait to see your pictures!

All the supplies you need are available at our county offices. To sign up, complete this easy form!

Sign up Here: Plogging For Purple

Delaware Goes Purple is a month long Prevention Campaign and/or Red Ribbon Week/Month

 The  2023 Red Ribbon Campaign Theme, “Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free. Oct 23-Oct 31 https://www.redribbon.org/. 🎗

Below are some ideas to support the prevention message with your club and community members:

Club Ideas for Red Ribbon Week/Month and DE Goes Purple  October or National Drug Facts in March

  • Youth sign a pledge not to use tobacco,(vapes), alcohol or drugs
  • Youth make a poster pledging to be healthy and make good choices
  • Club members wear purple to the October meeting to support people who struggle with disease
  • Take a picture of your club/community doing any of these healthy activities and send it to your 4-H Agent or to Krjohn@udel.edu to post on social media.

Stay active this winter with physical activity programs from UD Cooperative Extension!


Walk With Ease

Spanish Version

Cooperative Extension Agent Nancy Mears will be at the 7th Annual Delaware Resorts 55+ EXPO at the Cape Henlopen High School to answer any questions about our Walk With Ease or Walk and Roll Programs! See her there!!

The 7th Annual Delaware Resorts 55+ Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov.4, at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.

Health & Wellness Ambassadors 

Now Registering! 

What are Health & Wellness Ambassadors? 

Delaware 4-H Health & Wellness Ambassadors are official representatives and promoters of holistic healthy living, including fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and substance use prevention.

Ultimate Goals of Health & Wellness Ambassadors:  

Learn about and promote healthy lifestyle choices 

Create media about healthy living

Community outreach & education

Asset building, education, and promotion

Create and facilitate community change

Who should join?

 Teens ages 13-18 interested in cultivating skills of health, wellness, and leading a healthy lifestyle! If you are looking for a way to gain professional or volunteer experience in health and wellness, this is for you!

What does becoming a Health and Wellness Ambassador Entail? 

Through registration you will be able to receive information on opportunities to get involved with promoting health and wellness in the Delaware community and register for our next training!

Our next meeting is Thursday,10/26 from 6- 7 pm via Zoom. We hope to see you there!

Questions about joining? Contact Karen Johnston

Register Here: HAWA

Come Join us for our Exploring 4-H Workshop fall series. FREE and open to the public.

Saturday, November 18th at 10am at White Clay Creek State Park

Enjoy being outside and explore nature? Come and explore what White Clay Creek State Park has to offer with Extension Master Naturalists. For youth ages 8-13.
Explore 4-H

Register Here: EXPLORE 4-H

FREE Mental Health First Aid Training
Most of us would know how to help if we saw someone having a heart attack — we’d start CPR or call 9-1-1.
But too few of us would know how to respond if we saw someone having a panic attack or showing signs of alcoholism.
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge or crisis.
It takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health or substance use by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential issue.  

Beebe HealthCare is partnering with the University of Delaware to offer free Mental Health First Aid training.   
There are 2 class options:   Online Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, 9am-3:30pm 

(**Registration for online class closes Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10 am)  
 Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, 9am-4pm, Beebe Healthcare Physical Rehabilitation Conference Room, 19324 Lighthouse Plaza Blvd., Rehoboth, 19971
Register Here: Mental Health First Aid

October is Youth Prevention Month


Prevention works by strengthening protective factors and reducing risk factors ― enhancing the resilience of individuals, families, schools, communities, and society.

For more information visit: www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/prevention-month

This month’s $100 Amazon Plogging Gift card goes to…

Our friends in the Edgemoor Community have gone PLOG crazy again this month!

Congratulations on another $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Dates to Remember:

Plogging In Lewis: Friday, October 13th

Red Ribbon Campaign: October 23d – October 31st

HAWA Virtual Meeting: Thursday, October 26th

Mental Health First Aid Training: Friday October 27th

Walk + Roll Winter registration deadline: Friday, October 27

Walk With Ease Winter registration deadline: Friday, October 27

4-H Exploring Environmental Science Workshop: Saturday, November 18th @ White Clay Creek State Park

Plogging on the Pomeroy Trail in Newark: Friday, April 15th, 2024