Laura Paulsen

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Nearly 60 middle school youth representing nine schools across six Iowa counties met at Upper Iowa University on Nov. 16 to pilot the leadership and civic engagement experience, “Youth Voice in Action.”

By: Haley Jones and Laura Paulsen and Kendra Crooks

Iowa 4-H held a healthy living retreat in October, offering Iowa youth in grades 8-12 a chance to learn more about wellness and wellbeing. Youth interested in becoming an Iowa 4-H healthy living ambassador should apply before Dec. 16.

By: Laura Paulsen

During Healthy Living Day, Iowa State Fair visitors were able to take part in a number of activities to generate interest in learning how to have fun and be healthy.

By: Laura Paulsen and Payton Sash

It is said that prevention is the best medicine, and that is the goal of a new partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Heart Center Foundation. The foundation will provide support for SWITCH, an evidence-based, school wellness initiative designed to help schools promote healthy lifestyles for youth.

By: Rachel Sweeney and Laura Paulsen and Gregory Welk

Iowa 4-H Youth Development invites teens interested in addressing community health improvements to attend the National 4-H Healthy Living Summit, Feb.12-15, 2021. Participants should register by Jan. 18 to secure a spot.

By: Laura Paulsen

Registration is now open for SWITCH, School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health. The innovative school wellness initiative supports and enhances school wellness programming for fourth through eighth-grade students. Through SWITCH, schools can help students to "Switch what they Do, View and Chew."

By: Rachel Sweeney and Laura Paulsen

A diverse group of youth and accompanying adults from 11 counties spent a weekend prioritizing their mental health and well-being during the 4-H THR!VE Mindfulness Retreat.

By: Tiffany Berkenes and Laura Paulsen

The Iowa 4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors encourage families and youth to participate in food insecurity challenges to positively impact the community and earn a chance to win free tickets to the 4-H Healthy Living Day at the Iowa State Fair. The deadline is Aug. 5.

By: Sydney Peterson and Laura Paulsen

SWITCH, an innovative school wellness initiative, has received additional funding from the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health at the University of Iowa. SWITCH is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development and an interdisciplinary research team at Iowa State. Currently schools may enroll in SWITCH for the 2023-2024 school year.

By: Sydney Peterson and Laura Paulsen and Sally Shaver DuBois