4-H Healthy Living Programs & Resources
Healthy Living programs offered through 4-H engage youth and families to achieve optimal physical, social, and emotional well-being. Programs offered in each of Arkansas' counties are tailored to meet the needs of local youth.
Yoga for kids is like yoga for adults, but sillier. Practicing yoga with kids may be different from yoga practice with adults in that, instead of quiet and calm, it can be noisy and fun. Yoga is a great way to engage kids in physical activity. It can improve flexibility, balance and strength in a non-competitive environment. Some studies have suggested that practicing yoga can also improve a child's attention, relationships, self-esteem, and listening skills.
The Healthy Living: Yoga for Kids program was developed in Arkansas. The routines outlined in the curriculum and DVD provide simple exercises that can be performed in a variety of settings, including classrooms, camps, and at home.
The purpose of this program is to increase fitness, decrease stress, and improve mental focus in a noncompetitive manner. The poses don't have to be performed perfectly, just be sure to warm up with some light stretching beforehand and, most importantly, have fun!
The 4-H Pledge and Yoga Sequence
The video below demonstrates a short, scripted 4-H-themed yoga sequence which includes the 4-H pledge, motto, and statements about each of the four H's. It also includes instructions for each of the 8 poses used in the sequence. This sequence is appropriate for use with any audience.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices
The Healthy Lifestyle Choices Program empowers youth with the knowledge and skills practice to make healthier choices and lead more productive lives.
This curriculum was developed by the Healthy Lifestyle Choices non-profit organization in Louisiana and aligns with the National Health Education Standards.
Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service partnered with the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council to purchase the 5th grade and Middle School (6th-8th grade) curricula for each county extension office in Arkansas.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices addresses 5 youth risk behaviors:
- Conflict resolution/Violence Prevention
- Substance abuse
The curriculum was designed to be flexible to fit local needs and interests. It can be implemented in a variety of settings.