Healthy Living


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 a recent summit teens from around the state of Ohio developed action plans to make their communities healthier places. These individuals involved in the state program are called 4-H Health Heroes.

Ohio 4-H sent a small delegation to the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living in Washington D.C. in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. At the first summit the team saw a "blender bike," a stationary bicycle with a blender powered by pedaling. Thanks to a private grant they decided to purchase one to use to draw attention to both physical activity and nutrition. This bike has been used to educate more than 2,000 individuals across Ohio. 

Another topic the 4-H Health Heroes have learned about is sugar sweetened beverages. They have a hands-on presentation on choosing Water First For Thirst they can present at meetings and fairs.

In an effort to educate others about the dangers of opioids the Health Heroes have been trained with the facts in Ohio. Heroes can give presentations at meetings and have displays at events.