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4th H for Health – Don’t forget to try the BONUS Challenges!

Social, Personal, Emotional, Financial, Environmental and Community Well-being! 100 points each

2019-20 4th H for Health Trackers will be due 8/31/2020


Social Well-being Challenge – 100 points

Incorporate a TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITY into a club meeting. Social relationships are an integral part of our wellbeing and help us establish a sense of belonging. Building relationships among club members is a great avenue for establishing a productive club and a safe space for all members to gather.

Personal Well-being Challenge – 100 points

This bonus is about personal well-being and how we can grow ourselves through our passions, interests, and aspirations. Have your club take part in an activity that has members exploring their dreams and establishing a goal for this month or whole year. After members have established their own goal, consider having them discuss a TEAM GOAL they want to work on as a club this year.

  • Vision Board: Bring old magazines to meeting. Each youth has a piece of paper and collects images or text from different magazines that represents their interests and dreams. Have them decorate it and then share an aspiring goal that they have.
  • Interest Maps: Give youth a sheet of paper and have them write down all their interests, connecting ones that have similarities. If they see a pattern in their interests, have them focus in on that area and establish a goal.

Emotional Well-being Challenge – 100 points

  • Have a conversation about anti-bullying: What do they see at school? How can they help others feel included?
  • Open your club meeting with 4-H Yoga which incorporates yoga poses with each verse of the 4-H pledge.
  • Self-compassion exercise with “I am…” statements: have youth write down 2-3 statements “I am …….” Acknowledging their strengths and attributes they recognize in themselves.

Financial Well-being Challenge – 100 points

Our awareness of financial health can have an impact on how we think, feel, act, and share with others. This challenge will introduce ideas and strategies to increase the strength of our financial literacy. Learning skills early on can help prepare for the future when finances become a staple part of our daily life.

  • Savings – Based on your needs or wants, make mini banks to take home and start saving for your goals. Have members bring small mason jars or recycled plastic bottles, decorate and label for your different needs and/or wishes. (ex: Fun with Friends, Car, Clothes, Movies, Summer Fun, Savings etc.)

Environmental Health Challenge – 100 points

Consider one of the topics below to discuss at your club meeting to learn more about the importance of our environment and how that can impact our health:

  • Where our food comes from: This activity will help you consider where foods in our diet come from. Are they “local” or do we depend on agriculture from greater distances? Consider how distance of transportation for foods may impact our physical environment and discuss strategies to produce and purchase more local foods.
  • Invasive Species: Learn about weeds and other species that interrupt or inhibit the safety of growing plants we need and food production we seek.
  • Pollinators: Discuss with your club the role that bees and other pollinators play in food availability.
  • Decluttering our space: Our environment can also include our personal space. The space we are in can impact our emotional health and decluttering our space helps declutter our mind of negative thoughts, emotions and feelings.
  • Nature Hike: Take a hike through the woods or down the sidewalk in the neighborhood your club is meeting in. During this hike have youth note the things they see (different plants, bugs, animals, people, etc.). Afterwards, debrief on how they feel after getting some fresh air outdoors and encourage members to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day and try to get those minutes while outdoors if possible. *This could count towards physical activity challenge too!

Community Well-being Challenge – 100 points

This challenge is take what you have learned and share it with others. Think of a way you can share healthy living with people in your community to help them live a healthier lifestyle.

  • Create posters promoting healthy choices and place around town.
  • Present to your families, a community organization, or your school about making healthy changes.
  • If you have a community parade or event, create a float or display about healthy living.
  • Ask local farmer’s market if you can set up a display to promote fruit and vegetable consumption.