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Healthy Living for Youth in Arkansas

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Yoga for kids is like yoga for adults, but sillier. Practicing yoga with kids should be different from yoga practice with adults in that, instead of quiet and calm, it should be noisy and fun. Yoga is a great way to engage kids in physical activity because it helps improve flexibility, balance, and strength all while being noncompetitive and inexpensive. Some studies have even suggested that practicing yoga can improve a child's attention, relationships, self-esteem, and listening skills. The Healthy Living: Yoga for Kids program was developed in Arkansas, and 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!

Elementary-age students in Triangle Pose teens in tree Kids at 4-H Camp in Dancer Pose

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.

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For more information about the curriculum and training, contact Lisa Washburn at (501)671-2099 or

 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.

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Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service partnered with the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council to purchase the 5th grade and Middle School (6th-8th grade) curriculums for each county extension office in Arkansas.

These curricula focuses on choices and address 5 youth risk behaviors:

    • Conflict resolution/Violence Prevention
    • Nutrition
    • Fitness
    • Safety
    • Substance abuse

The curriculum was designed to be flexible to fit local needs and interests, and it can be implemented in a variety of settings.

For more information on these and other youth healthy living programs, contact your local county extension office.