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4-H Health HEROES: A Healthy Living Teen Advocates Program

Health Heroes

ABOUT 4-H 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, both individually and community-wide. At the 2016 National Youth Summit teens from around the state of Ohio developed action plans to make their communities healthier places. The individuals involved in the program are called 4-H Health HEROES.

4-H Health HEROES (Health Education Resources for Outreach, Engagement, and Service) promotes healthy eating, encourages people to engage in physical activities, and promotes 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.

 

BENEFITS OF BEING A 4-H HEALTH HERO

  • Learn about a variety of healthy living topics
  • 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!

FLYER ABOUT HEALTH HEROES

 

CONTRACT & EXPECTATIONS

Please makes sure you read the expectations and contract to be an Ohio 4-H Health Hero.

HEALTH HEROES CONTRACT

Each Health Hero needs to have an identified Adult Mentor who is either an OSU Extension Employee or Ohio 4-H Volunteer to help them locally. See the below PDF to read the expectations of a Health Hero Adult Mentor.

HEALTH HERO ADULT MENTOR CONTRACT

 

APPLICATION

Youth in grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to apply. Application is due Sunday, September 11th, 2022 by 11:59 pm.

APPLY HERE

 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • October 21-23, 2022 - HealthU Retreat @ 4-H Camp Ohio -OPTIONAL
  • November 5, 2022 - in-person training, 10-4 pm @ Franklin County Extension Office (Columbus)
  • December 12, 2022 – virtual touch-base, 7-8pm
  • January 14, 2023 – in-person training, 10-4 pm @ State 4-H Office (virtual if inclement weather)
  • February TBD, 2023 – National Youth Summit on Healthy Living in Washington D.C -PENDING FUNDING & SELECTION
  • March 11, 2023 – Ohio 4-H Conference at the Columbus Convention Center -OPTIONAL
  • May 15, 2023 – virtual touch-base, 7-8pm
  • July 26, 2023 - Health Day @ Ohio State Fair

PRINTABLE SCHEDULE