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Let's Eat Healthy Jump ropes2
Students who participated in the Let’s Eat Healthy! Program received a nutrition lesson in the fall. At the end of the lesson we discussed the importance of being physically active for 60 minutes most days of the week. After that we did an activity called Invisible Jump Rope. This activity was taken from SNAP-Ed Strategies and Interventions toolkit.

We gave each student a jump rope at the end of the lesson. The purpose is to promote a SNAP-Ed key behavioral outcome – increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Students had fun using their jump rope at recess. Other classes took them home to play with and explain to their families why it is important to exercise 60 minutes most days of the week.

Two 5th grade teachers at First Street School in Lincoln had a physical activity unit on jump roping.
Two 5th grade teachers at First Street School in Lincoln had a physical activity unit on jump roping.

4-H Youth to Be State Ambassador for California 4-H!

Andrew Wood

Andrew Wood of Auburn, CA , an active member in 4-H for nine years, was recently chosen as a State Ambassador for California 4-H. Andrew is the President of the Gold Country 4-H Club in Auburn, as well as a Placer County 4-H All-Star. Besides his present leadership roles at the local club and county levels, Andrew has been the recipient of the 4-H Council Scholarship and the Golden Clover Award from California 4-H for his work in training guide dogs for the blind.

The California 4-H State Ambassador Program is a working honor that provides 4-H members expanded opportunities to serve the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program. The 4-H State Ambassador position is one of the highest service opportunities and levels of recognition attainable in the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program. 4-H State Ambassadors are youth who have excelled in the areas of leadership and community service. They are selected to serve the 4-H Youth Development Program in roles that promote leadership through education and service.

Andrew, when asked about how he felt about being selected as a State Ambassador, expressed that he was tremendously excited for the opportunity and has aspired to be a State Ambassador for numerous years. Additionally, when asked what he hopes to get out of being a State Ambassador, Andrew shared that he feels being a State Ambassador will be invaluable to continuing his leadership development and growth throughout his year of serving and looks forward to representing 4-H throughout California. Andrew in particular wants to promote 4-H to younger youth to entice them to become more involved in 4-H programs.

Andrew feels that 4-H has had a huge impact on his life. He expresses that his ability to conduct himself professionally and his strong public speaking skills are directly correlated to his involvement in 4-H.

The focus of 4-H from the local to state level is to have positive youth development through hands-on service learning. 4-H is built through a framework of youth and adult partnerships to develop our youth into being future leaders of tomorrow. Placer County has not had a State Ambassador for at least ten years, and Placer County 4-H is excited to support Andrew. Andrew’s term as State Ambassador will begin July 1, 2014 and continue through June 30, 2015. He will have the opportunity to travel all around the State of California promoting and educating about 4-H, and demonstrating the importance of having youth being involved in 4-H.

If you want to learn more about Andrew Wood’s story or have questions about the youth development opportunities within the 4-H program please visit the Placer County 4-H website at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/placercounty4h/ or call the Placer County 4-H Office (530) 889-7386.

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