Area 4-H clubs honored for healthful habits
Stutsman, LaMoure, Barnes 4-H clubs were among those recognized.
4-H’ers from clubs in 15 counties throughout North Dakota were recognized for incorporating nutrition, fitness and health activities into their club meetings in 2021-2022. Clubs in the Jamestown region were among those honored.
The 33 4-H clubs, with a total of 641 members, earned the special recognition of being “healthy clubs” by meeting the criteria, which could include having healthful snacks, having food demonstrations during meetings and doing community service. Twelve clubs also earned extra recognition for completing the Family Mealtime Challenge.
The program also provided leadership opportunities for teenage 4-H’ers. The teens can serve as role models for younger members.
To earn the Healthy North Dakota 4-H Club recognition, clubs are required to incorporate at least one nutrition or fitness activity into a minimum of six regular meetings during the year.
“Many clubs set healthy snack policies for their meetings, and they did a wide variety of community service. Some tracked the number of family meals they consumed,” says Julie Garden-Robinson, North Dakota State University Extension food and nutrition specialist and Healthy North Dakota 4-H Clubs program coordinator.
This was the 15th year some clubs were named a Healthy North Dakota 4-H Club. Each club member received a certificate of recognition and a small prize.
The clubs recognized this year are listed by county, number of members and number of years they have received recognition. Twelve Healthy North Dakota 4-H Clubs were recognized for completing the month-long Family Mealtime Challenge, and participating clubs reported 1,896 family mealtimes. Eating together as a family is linked to better school performance, healthier meals and less risk behavior.
The clubs provided ideas to expand the number of family meals served. They suggested having kids suggest the menus, help prepare food and clean up.
Jamestown area clubs recognized were:
- Barnes – Valley Friends, 12 members, 11 years, completed Family Mealtime Challenge
- LaMoure – Cloverleafs, 24 members, 10 years
- Ransom – Tri-Country Ag, 25 members, eight years; Hill and Valley, 10 members, three years; Heart and Soul, 24 members, six years; McLeod Ag, 35 members, one year, completed Family Mealtime Challenge; Aliceton, 29 members, 11 years, completed Family Mealtime Challenge; Sandy Critters, 13 members, three years
- Stutsman – Country Kids, 14 members, four years, completed Mealtime Challenge; Moon Lake, 12 members, two years
4-H clubs interested in participating in the 2022-2023 North Dakota Healthy 4-H Clubs program should contact their county office of NDSU Extension.