Healthy living programs focus on training and supporting adults that work with youth regarding how to provide exceptional learning experiences whereby youth develop healthy physical, social, and emotional behaviors and life skills. Program benefits include decreased rates of chronic disease and illness; decreased healthcare costs; increased community capacity to promote healthy environments; and an increased ability of youth to demonstrate positive contributions to their families, schools, and communities.
Youth and educators will have increased engagement in healthy and sustainable agricultural (food systems), environmental, and food and nutrition activities and youth will try new foods; increase fruit and vegetable consumption; increase physical activity; and participate in and/or lead service learning activities to improve the health and well-being of people, food systems, and the environment.
Parents and youth increase their understanding of: Iowa high school graduation requirements, classes youth need to take in high school to prepare themselves for college, higher education options, financial aid options, and necessary tests to complete in order to gain access to college.
Parents learn how to: monitor their child’s homework, increase confidence in working with their child’s school, better understand the college application process, and increase awareness of ways to finance college.
Youth identify what they need to do to graduate from high school and gain access to college, and share their goals with their parents.
Parents and caregivers learn nurturing skills that support their youth and how to effectively discipline and guide their youth. Youth gain a healthy future orientation, an increased appreciation of their parents/caregivers, and skills for dealing with stress and peer pressure.