4-H recieved money for healthy lifestyle program

POSTED: Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 1:36pm

UnitedHealthcare teamed up with the Louisiana 4-H youth program and the LSU AgCenter to help fight childhood obesity.

 The company donated $30,000 to the program at the annual 4-H get together at the LSU. Kids got a chance to paint their faces, climb rockwall, and fish. It's all a part of an effort to get kids to choose more healthy activities and eat right. the money goes towards funding the Eat4- Health initiative that will help more kids hands on opportunities to learn healthy habits. 

"We actually get them involved in participating in the activities themselves," said Paul Coreil, Vice Chancellor LSU AgCenter. "They learn about cooking. They learn about nutrition. They eat the products that they need to be eating. They exercise. We teach them about health living."  

According to a UnitedHealthcare statement: "Eat4-Health, is activating thousands of 4-H youth ambassadors to make healthy choices for themselves and encourage friends, families and people in their communities to make positive changes through training, creative programs and educational events. It currently spans 10 states, including Louisiana. Participating 4-H state programs receiving a grant will develop action plans that provide innovative, hands-on learning approaches that target specific community needs in their state. Many of these activities will support healthy-living programs led by 4-H that encourage youth and community participation through events such as health fairs, cooking demonstrations, after-school programs, workshops and educational forums, among others. UnitedHealthcare employees will team up with 4-H at many of these events, assisting with planning and executing projects that lead to positive, sustainable change at the community and individual level."

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