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.
Youth will have improved access to healthy foods through gardening and connecting with local foods; try new foods; increase fruit and vegetable consumption; engage in physical activities; 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 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.