4-H Healthy Living Club Challenge
RACE ACROSS IOWA
Challenge Kick Off: November 1st - June 30, 2018
Clubs take part in the challenge by introducing a variety of healthy living practices during club meetings each month. Completing the challenges earns the clubs "miles" as they race across Iowa throughout all 20 regions of the state. This 1,400 mile route destination sure fulfills the definition of a challenge, but by working together as a team and setting goals to incorporate healthy living practices each month, we hope to see you meet or surpass the final mile by the end of June!
Water Consumption - 75 miles
Offer water as the main beverage at club meetings
Tips: How to incorporate water in a fun way
- Infuse water naturally by adding fruit, vegetables or herbs
- Freeze 100% juice in ice cube trays to add some fun flavors
Fruits & Vegetables - 100 miles
Include a fruit and/or vegetable as a snack choice
Tips: Create opportunities to try new foods or recipes
- Offer new foods to try at club meetings
- Invite a local farmer to visit the club and try their produce
Physical Activity - 125 miles
Organize a physical activity to get moving for 10-15 minutes
Tips: Structured activities that encourages movement with all participants
- Have youth lead group exercises or design their own
- Try yoga as part of your meeting
BONUS Challenges - every couple of months, a new "bonus challenge" will be revealed.
These opportunities will encompass other areas of wellbeing...
- building healthy relationships
- brain health
- community engagement with healthy living
*March & April Challenge* = Complete a Brain Health activity together as a club to earn 200 BONUS Miles! Feel free to complete the challenge both months, but points are only awarded once within these two months.
- Take a picture in action - submit with your monthly tracker with a short caption or description.
Brain Health can include any activities that help improve our mental wellness, including social and emotional wellbeing. These activities may help reduce stress, being mindful and in tune with your feelings, brain teasers that challenge us to think differently, and being mindful of how we treat others.
Some examples of activities to incorporate at club meetings are below. Please share with us your ideas so we can add them to the list!
- 4-H Yoga (Arkansas 4-H)
- Breathing Exercises
- Follow this link for a variety of short videos
- Take 5-10 minutes out of your meeting and allow everyone to have personal time and write a journal entry on anything on their mind.
- Spend time Outdoors
- Spending time in nature and the outdoors is healthy for our mind and body. Take the group on a short hike. You can even pair the journaling with this and do your journal time out on a trail.
- Text, Talk Act (Michigan 4-H)
- This is an activity great to do with high-school aged youth to open a forum to discuss mental health amongst each other. This program is in partnership with National 4-H. Follow the link for more information of how you can hold this session, to encourage participation and healthy conversation please allow for 1 hour.
Resources: If you're interested in materials to learn more about how to help youth manage stress, please check out ISU Extension and Outreach's Taking Charge series found on the Extension Store. There are multiple themes that may be useful for club leaders and families.
Earn Your Miles
Each month, your club submits that month's tracker. The club will designate who will do this each month, whether it be an adult leader or a youth leader. The link for the month will be found here on the webpage. Be sure to submit your progress monthly so we can publish results and track it by county and across the state. Don't wait until the end of the challenge to submit your monthly accomplishments, because each monthly tracker is due by the 10th of the following month. (For example: November tracker is due December 10th, December tracker is due January 10th, etc.)
The 5 clubs that log the most miles and complete the route by the end of June will be recognized for their accomplishments at the Iowa State Fair.
Counties that choose to participate have the option to incorporate more local awards or recognition.
Register your Club here!