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Move it, Move it!

The 4-H staff implemented an after-school fitness and nutrition 4-H club, which met for eight weeks and is continuing through the summer months. Ten youth attend regularly with a waiting list. Shanda Ashley, Calhoun County Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, teaches Yoga for Kids classes reaching 20 youths weekly. She uses 4-H Friends Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles and 4-H HOPE (Helping Other People Eat) lessons, reaching 220 students in schools. Lessons introduce youth to USDA’s My Plate concepts, the importance of drinking water and limiting sugar, portion control, increasing fruits and vegetables, reading food labels, and including physical activity every day.