4-H groups in Illinois will be able to get up to $65,000 for programs to improve the health of kids in their communities. This is an annual program now in its fourth year, and Illinois is one of 20 states on the receiving end of the funds from the National 4-H Council.
President Jennifer Sirangelo says in the past, the program has worked. “Eight-five percent of the young people who’ve been a part of this program have reported to us that they’ve made at least one behavior change. That means they’ve eaten more vegetables, they’ve gotten more exercise, they’ve cooked more healthy food. That kind of outcome is possible with a grant like this,” she said.
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The 4-H kids are expected to set up health fairs, 5-k walks and runs, yoga classes and nutrition education camps. Exact activities will be decided by local 4-H organizations.
While it is 4-H members who will be doing the instructing, the target audience is all the young people in the community.
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.