March 03, 2024

4-H shares healthy habits

INDIANAPOLIS — May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the 4‑H Healthy Habits program wants to help youth grow healthy living skills through nutrition, mindfulness and physical activity education.

The Healthy Habits program engages teens to empower their peers and families today and to help establish sustainable, healthy habits for tomorrow.


Through 4-H’s eight-year partnership with the Walmart Foundation, 4-H Healthy Habits has served 1.25 million youth and families.

From 2020-2021, nearly 99,000 youth and 78,000 family and community members engaged in nutrition activities through Healthy Habits.

Eighty-eight percent of youth reported they plan to prepare their family healthy meals or snacks. They reported that they learned how to make healthy food choices through 4-H.

For those interested in implementing a 4-H Healthy Habits program, a guidebook is available online.

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Watermelon Slush Recipe


1 pint strawberries, crowns removed and sliced

2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed

1/3 cup sugar

2 cups ice

1/3 cup lemon juice


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Serve immediately.

Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor