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4-H Club Challenge: Race Across Iowa

This challenge kicks off in the month of November and continues through the end of June. Each month, we ask clubs to set a goal and implement at least on of the three challenge areas: Offering Water, Incorporating a Fruit or Vegetable as the snack, and Organizing an interactive Physical Activity as part of the meeting. This Challenge may get them thinking of new ways to practice Healthy Living, specifically during club meetings. If they already offer a snack at meetings, this challenges them to be more mindful on the types of snacks or beverages they are providing. If they don't already do some form of physical activity, this may lead to future fun ways to engage the club together while being active and moving. There will also be "Bonus Challenges" introduced periodically throughout the challenge, which will involve healthy living in the areas of social, emotional, and community wellbeing. The challenge isn't meant to add more "work" onto club leaders, but to leverage youth leadership opportunities in planning the incorporation of these challenge areas and recognizing their efforts in demonstrating healthy changes.

By accomplishing challenges each month the club will earn "miles" - each club will submit a monthly tracker online, it is a very short and simple survey. This survey will showcase which challenges they completed and then totaling the miles that they earned for the month. The Race Across Iowa map, connects all of our 20 regions and totals 1,400 miles! This may seem daunting, but if clubs average 1-2 challenges a month while also completing a bonus challenge at some point during the year, they will find their club successfully reaching the end of the route.

Webpage and Social Media
The webpage has a summary of the program that can be a resource for club leaders and counties. On our 4-H website, you will find the 4-H Healthy Living Club Challenge webpage. 

We encourage clubs to showcase teir success via social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Club leaders or youth can tweet, post, and tag Iowa 4-H with photos of their monthly successes. the hashtags we have established for this challenge are: #Iowa4H, #Iowa4Health, #4HfuelsWellness, and #4HraceacrossIA.

4-H Healthy Living Flyer


County News

February 8, 2018

An income tax refund provides an important annual financial boost for many Iowa Families.

February 8, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released an updated version of the "Soybean Diseases" publication to help farmers and other professionals in the ag industry identify and scout for disease threats to soybean production in Iowa.

February 8, 2018

This is a full time position (40hrs/week) with benefits. Supervision is provided by the Woodbury County Program Coordinator and Regional Director.
Hourly wage dependent on education and experience.

January 8, 2018

Come get your hands dirty in the kitchen!

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