Healthy Living Curriculum

A compilation of photos of children doing healthy activities: playing soccer, cooking and learning.

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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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. Come on board with us to share your passion for health and wellness and gain valuable community outreach experience.

Delaware 4-H Health & Wellness Ambassadors are official representatives and promoters of holistic healthy living, including fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and substance use prevention. Come on board with us to share your passion for health and wellness and gain valuable community outreach experience.

 

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 attend our Delaware 4-H Health and Wellness Ambassador monthly meetings with other individuals who share a passion for health and wellness and receive information on opportunities to get involved with promoting health and wellness in the Delaware community. Each month we will focus on areas of health and wellness such as; nutrition, mindfulness, fitness, prevention, and more! We will do this through virtual wellness workshops, hearing from guest speakers and engaging in curriculum training opportunities!

 

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Healthy vegetables and fruits we should all eat

The Delaware 4-H Program joins in partnership with GOLO, LLC to promote and provide important information on vegetables and fruits we should all eat to be healthier. We appreciate the monetary support of GOLO to our 4-H program around the initiative of Healthy Living, and their interest in the health and well being of our 4-H youth. Please take time to review this information and include more vegetables and fruits in your normal daily diets. Look for additional information we will be sharing on a quarterly basis about other vegetables and fruits to eat.

Watermelon

watermelon
  • Over 1200 varieties of watermelon available 
  • Juicy, refreshing, and celebrated summertime treat
  • You can eat the entire fruit – the rind has healthy benefits too! 
  • Heart-healthy fruit that helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Nutrient dense fruit filled with vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber
  • Low in saturated fat and sugar
  • Contains lycopene which has been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers
  • Offers great hydration for the body because it is 92% water

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes
  • A fruit that can come in a variety of colors including yellow, orange, green, purple, and red!
  • Tomatoes, fresh or canned, offer great nutritional value
  • Rich in lycopene which is good for the heart and effective against certain cancers
  • Packed with Vitamins A and C, calcium and potassium
  • Fat-free
  • Low in sodium helping to lower the risk of high blood pressure
  • Cholesterol free which helps to prevent heart disease

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Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers
  • Great fresh, frozen, or canned
  • Versatile – can be prepared grilled, sauteed, in soup or sauce, or even raw! 
  • Available all year as they are not grown seasonally
  • No saturated fat and cholesterol-free which helps prevent the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Low in calories making them a great snack or addition to any meal
  • Excellent source of Vitamin C – the highest of any produce! 
  • Color of the pepper indicates how low it was on the vine – green being the earliest removed and red being the ripest
  • Red peppers have the most nutritional value because they are on the vine the longest. They specifically offer Vitamin A which helps to prevent internal disease. 

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Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe
  • High in Vitamin A which helps to support growth of healthy red blood cells
  • High in Vitamin C which supports blood vessels and development of muscle and cartilage
  • High in the dietary fiber folacin which is a nutrient needed for growth and the production of hemoglobin
  • Fiber helps to reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes, as well as helping you to lose weight making you feel fuller longer 
  • Full of potassium which helps with hydration, nerve health and proper muscle contractions
  • Contains phytochemicals that foster heart health and good vision that can boost the immune system and risk of some cancers 
  • Good for hydration due to water content of 90%!

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Corn

Corn
  • Low in fat, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free
  • Has a high fiber content that can assist with digestion and protects against diverticular disease
  • Good source of antioxidants and carotenoids which helps promote eye health and prevent macular degeneration and cataracts
  • Consumption has been shown to lower risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and prevent obesity
  • Full of Vitamin B that is beneficial for overall health
  • Contains potassium which supports healthy blood pressure, heart function, and maintenance of muscle mass
  • Does have higher carb content than other vegetables so need to be mindful of serving size

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Blueberries

Blueberries
  • Known as a superfood due to low calories and significant health benefits
  • Good source of hydration as blueberries are 85% water
  • Highest level of antioxidants in common fruits and vegetables – these protect your body from cell damage  
  • Can help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure 
  • Good source of fiber which benefits heart health and provides a feeling of being full
  • Can help maintain brain function and improve memory   
  • Helps with insulin sensitivity which can lower chance of diabetes
  • Full of Vitamins C and K that help the immune system, bone metabolism, and regulating blood clotting

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Green Beans 

Green Beans
  • Great sources of Vitamins C, A, B, and K helping with eyesight, immune system, cell growth, and healing 
  • Contains high levels of iron which are important for red blood cell growth and transport
  • Contain easily absorbed silicon which helps with the formation of healthy connective tissues, strengthens nails and boosts skin health
  • Strong diuretic properties serve as a great detox and help rid the body of toxins
  • High in potassium which helps build muscle and keep the heart healthy
  • Full of specific minerals like iron and zinc that assist red blood cells and muscle, and strengthens the immune system as wound care

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Cherries

Cherries
  • Highly nutritious and packed with Vitamin C which helps target the immune system and improve skin health
  • High in potassium helping with muscle contraction, nerve function, blood pressure, and critical body processes
  • Full of fiber improving healthy gut bacteria and digestive flow
  • Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help combat oxidative stress, and fight cell damage, muscle inflammation, and promote overall health
  • Eating cherries can help relieve exercise-induced muscle pain, damage, and inflammation
  • Protects heart health and reduces risk of heart disease by helping to maintain a regular heartbeat and remove excess sodium
  • Reduce symptoms of arthritis and gout by decreasing uric acid 
  • Helps improve sleep quality due to melatonin, a substance that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle

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Summer Squash

Summer Squash
  • Very low in calories and are great to add to salads or cook on the grill
  • Cholesterol and sodium-free helping to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and hypertension
  • Rich in manganese which helps to boost bone strength and the body’s ability to process fats and carbohydrates
  • Extremely high in Vitamin C that helps to reduce the risk of some cancers
  • Supports eye health and reduces risk of cataracts 
  • High in Vitamin B6 which helps create hemoglobin and prevent anemia 
  • High-fiber content promotes colon health and prevents constipation 
  • High in dietary fiber which helps prevent elevated blood sugar level
  • Contains Vitamin A which helps maintain healthy skin and prevents skin aging 

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Peaches

Peaches
  • Fresh and canned peaches contain many nutrients, but are most important for Vitamins A and C
  • Low in fat which helps to reduce the risk of some types of cancer
  • High in fiber providing aid in digestion
  • Low in cholesterol levels and saturated fat which helps prevent heart disease
  • Compounds found in peaches improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture and improve skin texture  
  • Provides protection to skin by helping to retain moisture 
  • Help reduce allergy symptoms by preventing the release of histamines in the blood

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Kids at an educational program

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.

 

 

Kid playing soccer outside.

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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Prevention and Lifeskills Education

 

Delaware 4-H knows how important it is for youth to make healthy and safe choices. That's why we prioritize effective, evidence-based substance abuse prevention and life skills education for youth and adults alike.

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.

Winners of the 2021 National Drug Facts Week Contest.
An impact recap of the 2019 Delaware 4-H Escape the vape program, funded by a 6-month mini grant from the American Lung Association.
Information for parents, youth workers, volunteers and professionals who are interested in current trends in youth tobacco, drug and alcohol use in Delaware.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund are the leading advocacy organizations working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly consequences in the United States and around the world.
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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Delaware 4-H is making available a booklet of 21 Days of Breathing Techniques as a companion piece to our GEM, Get Experience in Mindfulness Curriculum.  Focused breathing techniques are recognized tools helpful in managing symptoms of stress and anxiety. 

Receive an electronic copy
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Kids cooking together

Fitness and Nutrition


Delaware 4-H offers a variety of programs for youth to help them become fit, healthy leaders. Programs are designed based on evidence-based research to be engaging and effective. Our goal is to have a positive impact the lives of future generations.

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Challenge yourself and your club to participate in the 4th H for Health by eating and drinking healthy options, doing physical activity and doing bonus challenges for extra points!

This healthy living program invites 4-H members throughout Delaware to symbolically traverse miles across the country! Check back soon for the January 2022 program details!

  • 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. 
  • Health Rocks for Facilitators: Learning activities that educators can use to help kids learn how to make empowered choices about their health, particularly vaping.

 

 

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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!