Nutrition & Healthy Eating

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Want to learn more about healthy after school snacks?

Michigan 4-H programs encourage young people to think about the foods they eat. This includes taking positive steps to increase their intake of foods that will keep them healthy and where possible, helping them avoid foods that lead to unhealthy risk.

Teaching proper nutrition and healthy eating habits takes place in many different activities and forms throughout Michigan 4-H programming. By training teen and volunteer leaders, in ways such as giving them tools, recipes and activities, these individuals can work with youth to provide fun, positive, educational programs that encourage increased focus on healthy choices.

Featured Resources

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Heads In, Hearts In: Healthy Living Activities

The Heads In, Hearts In family enrichment program encourages families to use their minds as a tool to expand their knowledge around a variety of topic areas. This packet contains all 15 healthy living activities.

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Healthy Youth Activities for 4-H Leaders and Clubs

March 20, 2017

Health is the fourth "H" in 4-H and an important part of every 4-H members' life!

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Jump Into Foods & Fitness (JIFF)

Jump Into Foods and Fitness (JIFF) is a research-based curriculum that features eight “Kangaroo Jumps” or sessions that help kids ages 8 to 11 (grades 3 to 5) learn the importance of nutrition, increased physical activity and food safety.


For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county Michigan State University Extension office or: