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Are You Into It?

From treating bug bites to finding safe playgrounds to starting a Kids Walk to School program - the 4-H Health project helps you explore health and wellness in your personal life as well as your home, club, community, country, and world.

  • Learn how to take care of your own physical, intellectual, emotional, and social health
  • Practice a healthy lifestyle and share what you have learned with others
  • Learn about health and wellness resources in your community and state
  • Learn about environmental issues as they affect health
  • Learn to make decisions and take action that positively affects your health, your family’s health, and your community’s health

Here’s what you can do all year!

Starting Out Basic / Level 1

  • Learn basic safety and first aid skills
  • Learn about poisons and how to keep you and your family safe
  • Develop a family safety plan
  • Identify safe places to play in your community
  • Learn how to be safe around pets, strange dogs, and wildlife
  • Learn about fire safety
  • Learn about careers in emergency medicine

Learning More Intermediate / Level 2

  • Create a personal health and wellness care plan
  • Learn about germs and how they affect your health
  • Learn how to choose food for fuel
  • Discover new ways to add physical activity to your life
  • Explore new foods to keep you healthy
  • Explore environmental health issues that might be in your community
  • Learn about careers in the health field

Expanding Horizons Advanced / Level 3

  • Learn about sports supplements and their effectiveness
  • Explore how hydration affects the body
  • Learn how to avoid sports injuries
  • Explore what nutrient rich foods are and how they benefit your body
  • Explore careers in the fitness and nutrition fields
  • Investigate community health issues like: bullying, safe driving, disaster management plans

Take It Further

Health Hot Sheet (color pdf)
Poster Exhibits Tip Sheet (color pdf)
Exhibitor Fair Information Form (Word or editable PDF)
Exhibit Evaluation Form (pdf)
Add Service Learning to your Project
Here are other opportunities to explore Health:

  • Create a recreation/activity plan for your club and lead the activities
  • Evaluate on-line resources related to health and fitness – are they trustworthy?
  • Visit with your county risk management office and learn how prepared your county is for a natural disaster
  • Encourage your fellow club members to enroll in Red Cross First Aid and CPR classes
  • Lead age-appropriate physical activity sessions at your local senior center
  • Explore how mental and emotional health are connected to physical health
  • Is it fair time? Consider taking some of your health project learning to the fair for judging and demonstrate what you have learned through the year
  • Learn about the Kids Walk to School program and begin one in your community
  • Explore careers in the health and wellness field
  • Contact your county ISU Extension Office for other local workshops, activities, and events
  • Meet others interested in health; Check out camps at the Iowa 4-H Center
  • Interested in a college education related to health? Schedule a visit with Iowa State University to explore those majors.

Step It Up!

Pass it on! Now that you know how, share it with others. Here are ideas to get you started.


  • Show club members how to treat bee and wasp stings
  • Teach your club a new game to raise their heart rates
  • Prepare a poster about how to stay safe in case of disaster


  • Complete a Service-Learning project
  • Organize a 4-H group to assemble first aid kits
  • Conduct a playground safety check in your community
  • Perform a building safety check at your club meeting site


  • Volunteer to be the club health and safety officer
  • Organize a 4-H health club
  • Write a grant for sport safety equipment for your community
  • Demonstrate how to make power snacks at a club meeting

Exhibit Ideas

  • Create first aid kits for your home and club
  • Develop a self health plan
  • Make a poster on water hydration and exercise
  • Make a poster on sports injury
  • Give a  demonstration on wrapping to prevent or after sports injury
  • Design a poster on farm safety
  • Design a poster on dental care for babies and toddlers
  • Give a demonstration about careers in the health field
  • Make a poster on the pros and cons of antibacterial soap
  • Give a demonstration on bicycle safety
  • Create a poster about how nutrients affect your body
  • Demonstrate how to use protective gear for outdoor sports
  • Create a skit about what to do in an emergency situation
  • Create a share the fun skit that gets the audience up and moving to raise their heart rate
  • Prepare a selection of nutrient rich foods and provide samples for your fellow club members to try.  Explain how the foods help your body function at top performance
  • Teach proper stretching exercises and techniques to your club members
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