Get Moving – Get Healthy with New Jersey 4-H” (GMGH) was created as a way for Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension’s Department of 4-H Youth Development to address the Childhood Overweight/Obesity issue in New Jersey. The GMGH action kits, display, and curriculum were developed to address the issue by providing an interactive and fun way to learn healthy eating habits, portion sizes, the new My Plate and simple exercises. The curriculum has three major focus areas – understanding My Plate, identifying portion sizes, and learning easy ways to exercise. Each has lesson plans and provides options for expanding the learning. Our teens have been trained on Healthy Living to be educators, mentors, planners and to act as good role models for others.
For more than 100 years, 4-H has been a leader in addressing America’s relevant food and nutrition challenges.
Today, the 4-H Healthy Living Program reaches approximately 2.5 million youth in 50 states – having the capacity to mobilize young people and implement sustainable strategies that will create healthy lifestyles for America’s families.
Over the next five years, the 4-H Healthy Living Program will strategically address America’s critical health. This public-private program will include:
- Reaching 500,000 new youth and families through “Youth Voice, Youth Choice”
- Youth Action: A National Conversation on Healthy Living.”
- Engaging 3 million youth in local 4-H healthy living programs.
- Improving nutrition and physical activity of program participants.
- Reaching minorities and their families with relevant programs.
- Developing statewide healthy living strategies.
- Engaging youth to become healthy living advocates.
Support 4-H and help maintain America’s leadership in healthy living. Together, we can shape the next generation of healthy youth.
This program is made possible through the Youth Voice: Youth Choice program, funded by National 4-H Council and the Walmart Foundation; in cooperation with New Jersey 4-H through Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.