4th H for Health

4H icon to symbolize healthThe 4th H for Health curriculum is filled with activities to build foundational knowledge around healthy eating and physical activity habits. Over six activities participants will experiment with new fruits and vegetables, discover the sugar content of common drinks, and design their own activity challenge, all in an effort to achieve the 4th H for Health challenge! The 4th H for Health curriculum was developed by Healthy Kids Out of School with support from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Are your 4-Hers ready to commit to the 4th H? Your club can take on the 4th H for Health Challenge and earn the 4th H for Health pin! The challenge is to bring three healthy practices to your 4-H meetings and set an example of healthy eating and physical activity habits for 4-H youth.

Download (or request a printed copy at the contact information below) the 4th H for Health Leader’s Packet, What does it mean to pledge “my health to better living”? (PDF), to get started.

4th H for Health Pins and Challenge Certificate

After you’ve completed the challenge, you can request pins by sending your completed trackers to:

Jessy Brainerd
207.581.3877 or 800.287.0274 (in Maine)
Fax: 207.581.1387 (ATTN: State 4-H Office)

University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 103B Libby Hall, Orono, Maine, 04469-5741

Materials Provided in Kit:

  • Snack Smart taste test form for each participant
  • pens/pencils
  • small Containers
  • paper towels or napkins
  • activity plan template sheet for each student/group
  • physical activity equipment (e.g., small balls, jump rope, and cones)
  • Sugar Detective handouts
  • six to eight unique types of empty drink containers
  • sugar
  • markers
  • glue, staples or tape
  • empty clear gallon jug
  • two water pitchers
  • a one-cup measuring cup
  • assorted drinking glasses or cups and water bottles
  • daily hydration cards for each student
  • scissors
  • stopwatch, watch or clock
  • a respiration data sheet for each participant
  • two sets of trivia cards
  • five sets of Fuel Forward activity cards
  • notepads or paper
  • five laminated tic-tac-toe boards

Not Included in this Kit, But You May Also Need:

  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • non-caffeinated tea bags
  • poster board/large paper
  • blank paper
  • temporary tattoos, stickers or other fun prizes
  • water
  • knife
  • cutting board