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t Pa00e 16 Students f.4 Thursday, April 28, Youth Tri-Coun News Kimball,2MN Study shows 4-H youth healthier tricountynews MN =od.--s4-..ou,..o.,,.,or thoi00eat00atwhenyouth00artic00 WWWe * than peers and less likely to pate in programs such as 4-H, they smoke, drink alcohol, use drugs o)stSO Wom I' aot Pmonali According to recent findings from Tufts University, 4-H youth are engaging in positive healthy living behaviors more often than youth that do not participate in 4-H. According to the study, 4-H'ers, regardless of their back- ground, socio-economic status, race, and gender, thrive through the health and safety educa- tion and experiences they receive through 4-H programming. Youth development scholar, Dr. Richard Lerner, worked with researchers at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Devel- opment at Tufts University to con- duct The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development. The longitu- dinal study has found that, when compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are: More likely to spend more time exercising or being physically active; Two times less likely to engage in drug use; Two times less likely to use cigarettes or drink alcohol. "The results of this longitudinal study continually reinforce A I.oan? [/hen you need money for a new car or truck, an RV, a boat, college tuition, or personal needs, come see us. We offer low rates on loans and fast, friendly "hometown service" And because we're a locally-owned, independent bank'we can provide a quick response to your loan request. STATE BANK OF KIMBALL P.O. BOX 70 * KIMBALL, MINNESOTA 55353 (320) 398-3500 www.=tatebankofkimball.eom FDIC thrive in numerous ways includ- ing health, positive development, and community contribution," said Dr. Lerner. "The comparisons we've made between 4-H youth and other young people high- light the considerable strengths and health of the young men and young women participating in 4-H around the country." 4-H Healthy Living programs are conducted by the 109 land- gram universities and the Cooper- ative Extension System, and seek to address national issues includ- ing nutrition, physical fitness, sub- stance abuse, safety, and social and emotional wellness. Last year, all of Meeker County 4-H's summer day camp offerings revolved specifically around healthy living acitivities. "With nearly 2.7 million youth enrolled in 4-H healthy living pro- grams in 2009, the findings from the Tufts study underline 4-H's unique ability to make a signif- icant impact on the health and wellness of many of our nation's future leaders," said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., President and CEO of National 4-H Council. "Working in conjunction with the White House Let's Move! campaign and the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award challenge, 4-H's extensive healthy living programs equip youth with the knowledge and skills that will prepare them physically, emotion- ally and socially to meet the chal- lenges of the 21st century." Coming events: Sun., May 1,1 p.m., Golf tournament, aon., aay 2, CustomerA (free 5, 9-I a.m., ,,=n VJ LENDER 4-H National Headquarters, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and National 4-H Council have made a significant commitment to participate in the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award challenge, aiming to have 100,000 4-H members complete the challenge by September 2011. The Presidential Active Life- style Award recognizes those who log their recommended physical activity for six consecutive weeks, five days a week (60 minutes for kids, 30 minutes for adults). Visit www.presidentschallenge.org/ natl4-H, for more information. Led by First Lady, Michelle Obama, Let's Move! is working together with 4-H and other community organizations to combat the epi- demic of childhood obesity in the United States. Visit www.letsmove. gov, for more information. For more information on 4-H Healthy Living initiatives, visit www.4-h.org. About 4-H 4-H is a community of six million young people across America learn- ing leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA. 4-H programs are implememed by the 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Bring the whole family! 9.50 per