Healthy Living Curriculum

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Delaware 4-H programming empowers youth to be healthy – body and mind – with the skills to make healthy decisions and lead healthy lifestyles.

Delaware 4-H offers local youth the opportunity to develop healthier lifestyles and stay active. Check out the exciting programs below and find out how to get started!

 

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Up for the Challenge

Delaware 4H Youth Development has been actively reaching schools and youth programs across the state of Delaware to get Delaware youth healthy, pumped, and Up for the Challenge! Up for the Challenge, targeted toward youth in grades 4th-9th, has been taking off across elementary, middle, and high schools, to spread nutritional and fitness knowledge.

Are you Up for the Challenge?

Delaware 4H Youth Development has been actively reaching schools and youth programs across the state of Delaware to get Delaware youth healthy, pumped, and Up for the Challenge! Up for the Challenge, targeted toward youth in grades 4th-9th, has been taking off across elementary, middle, and high schools, to spread nutritional and fitness knowledge.

The program, generally taught in a classroom setting, emphasizes the positive impact daily nutritional habits and exercise frequency can have on our lives. Each group of youth is taught a curriculum based on the MyPlate recommendations of the five food groups, healthy dietary choices, and the three types of exercise; strength, cardio, and flexibility. Throughout the courses the youth involved begin to feel empowered in making healthy nutrition and fitness decisions in their day to day lives.

Educators lead nutritional lessons as well as fun group fitness that include a range of activities from stretching, flexibility, and mindfulness, to muscular strength building exercises. The curriculum strongly encourages the reflection of youth on their own habits. This generates a lot of feedback and conversation from the youth, making the lesson entertaining and interactive for both the instructor and participants!


Why should you be Up for the Challenge?

Up for the Challenge is a rewarding and fun experience to give back to the youth in our community! This program allows for youth to really get involved by including activities that push youth to reflect and recall their own habits. It encourages youth sharing of ideas pertaining to personal nutrition and fitness experiences. Many activities included in the curriculum encourage children to think critically about their health choices and how to make better ones in the future. A curriculum is in place to guide you, but educators have fun putting their own unique spin on the educational activities and nutritional lessons throughout the curriculum! Educators also get to know their students over the brief courses, and feel rewarded after knowing they have made a positive impact in empowering youth to make healthy choices.

How can you get involved?

If you are interested in becoming part of the Up for the Challenge teaching team please contact Alyssa Whittaker at asaienni@udel.edu. We plan on holding future Train the Trainer sessions, dates TBD. Please inquire for more information.

 

 

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Soccer for success

This sports-based youth development program incorporates health, wellness and soccer! Soccer for Success from the U.S. Soccer Foundation offers a 12-week, 36-day curriculum which can be delivered fully remote, virtually, live, or in-person! This is an all abilities and inclusive program ideal for youth ages 6-14.

If you would like training in this curriculum, along with opportunities to get equipment and resources for your youth or students, please contact Alyssa Whittaker at asaienni@udel.edu.

To learn more about this program, check out the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Soccer for Success At-Home Videos

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Botvin LifeSkills Training Program (LST)

This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.

Our trained instructors cover topics such as tobacco, drug and alcohol prevention, assertiveness, anger management, self image and communication skills. Each student is required to take an anonymous pre-assessment survey and post-assessment survey. Students will also receive a celebration gift at the completion of the program.
 

The following programs are offered to students in after-school and school based settings:

Elementary School Program (3rd to 6th)  
Eight, 30 minute sessions  
Program Topics:  
1. Self-Esteem 5. Dealing with Stress
2. Decision Making 6. Communication Skills

3. Smoking Information

7. Social Skills
4. Advertising 8. Assertiveness
Middle School Program (Grades 6th to 9th)  
13, 45 minutes -one hour sessions  
Program Topics:  

1. Self Image

7. Violence & the Media
2. Decision Making 8. Coping with Anxiey
3. Smoking 9. Coping with Anger
4. Alcohol 10. Communication
5. Marijuana 11. Social Skills
6. Advertising 12. Assertiveness
  13. Resolving Conflicts

 

For more information or to have Botvin LifeSkills taught at your site please contact Lindsay Hughes at lgooden@udel.edu or 302-856-2585 ext. 523.

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Information for parents, youth workers, volunteers and professionals who are interested in current trends in youth tobacco, drug and alcohol use in Delaware.
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A variety of services which enable the children to achieve academic and social success.

 

 

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Get Experience in Mindfulness

Get Experience in Mindfulness (GEM) is an interactive group-based stress management program through University of Delaware Cooperative Extension.

Get Experience in Mindfulness (GEM) is an interactive group-based stress management program through University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. The program focuses on stress management taught through practical and interactive mindfulness-based activities to facilitate experiential learning.

 

 

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Grab-N-Go Activities

We've created and compiled resources into a Healthy Habits Virtual Grab-N-Go's resource library just for you and your child Download the resources to keep and use to intriduce and reinforce healthy behaviors!

These are quick and easy activities that can be done during lessons or transitions focused on healthy behaviors. They require minimal resources and can be done in 15 - 30 minute intervals. This content is appropriate for elementary through middle school age students!

 

 

Additional Resources

  • Kicking it up with nutritionOther health and nutrition resources are available through UD Cooperative Extension. Ranging from mindfulness to a "Kicking it up with nutrition" series.
  • Healthy recipe ideasExplore some of UD Extension's favorite recipes to help you get started with incorporating more fruit and vegetables into your diet.