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Ohio State University Extension


4-H Health Heroes: A Healthy Living Advocates Program

Health Heroes


The Ohio 4-H Healthy Living program is spreading the word that young people can have a strong voice in advocating for healthy changes, not only individually, but also community-wide. At the 2016 National Youth Summit teens from around the state of Ohio developed action plans to make their communities healthier places. These individuals involved in the program are called 4-H Health Heroes.

4-H Health Heroes promote healthy eating, encourage people to engage in physical activities, and promote positive community change. Additionally, 4-H Health Heroes help Ohio 4-H accomplish the goals of the National 4-H Healthy Living Mission Mandate, which encourages youth and families to gain optimal physical, social, and emotional well-being.



  • Gain valuable leadership and communication skills
  • Meet other 4-H youth from across Ohio who are invested in healthy living
  • Leave a positive impact on your family, friends, and community
  • Promote the 4th H!
  • Be recognized at the 2020 Ohio 4-H Conference in March



  • Be currently enrolled in 4-H and in grades 9-12 at the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic school year.
  • Be available to serve as a 4-H Health Hero from September 2019 through August 2020 (option to renew membership).
  • Attend and actively participate in an all-day training session (see training date and location below).
  • Participate in face-to-face (in Columbus) and virtual meetings.
  • Complete teaching and/or advocacy activities promoting healthy living at the state level and/or in your community.
  • Participate in state events, such as the Ohio 4-H Conference, The Ohio State Fair, HealthU, new Health Hero trainings, and/or any other events identified by Extension staff.
  • Keep up-to-date on 4-H Health Hero activities by consistently checking and responding to communication from program staff in a timely manner.
  • Be interested in learning about healthy eating, leading an active lifestyle, and other health-related topics.
  • Be excited to teach others about nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and drug prevention.
  • Be responsible and trustworthy.
  • Be passionate about making a difference in your community.
  • Record activities conducted as a 4-H Health Hero and report to Extension staff.
  • Actively share the message of Healthy Living within your local 4-H clubs and/or school clubs.
  • Model healthy eating and physical activity to family, friends, and 4-H members.


  • Accepted applicants will have to complete a required training on Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus.



  • September 28, 2019 – Required training for new Health Heroes at the 4-H Center in Columbus
  • October 19, 2019 – face-to-face meeting at the 4-H Center
  • November 16, 2019 – meeting; format TBA
  • December 7, 2019 – face-to-face meeting at the 4-H Center
  • January 11, 2020 – face-to-face meeting at the 4-H Center (a virtual meeting will be held in the case of inclement weather)
  • February 13-16, 2020 – National Youth Summit on Healthy Living in Washington D.C (if selected to participant)
  • March 14, 2020 – Ohio 4-H Conference at the Columbus Convention Center
  • April 2020 – TBA
  • May 2020 – TBA

Health Heroes teaching the Medicine Cabinet Session at 2019 NYSHL

Health Heroes teaching at the 2019 NYSHL