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Healthy Living Initiative

4-H Canada’s Healthy Living Initiative is a series of resources and activities available to 4-H’s 8,700 volunteer leaders, 23,500 youth members and their families, as well as youth and families beyond 4-H to support their health and well-being.

Through the Healthy Living Initiative, 4-H Canada has developed a series of resources designed to support youth and adults in navigating challenges they may face and provide opportunities to develop their strengths to focus on healthy living. Learn more about the initiative

New: My Plate and the Planet

My Plate and the Planet is an opportunity for youth to learn about the food we eat and the world around us, participate in hands-on activities, and have some 4-H fun in your own home! Learn more.

The activity book has everything you’ll need to facilitate learning on food literacy and food security, either at home or as a club, and will be available in April 2021.

Download the resources

This initiative is delivered in three focus areas that contribute to a healthy lifestyle and overall well-being.

Mental Health

Resources in this focus area will allow youth and leaders to achieve a state of well-being where they are able to reach their own potential and make positive contributions to their community. 4-H Canada has partnered with Kids Help Phone to develop these resources.

Physical Health

Resources in this focus area will allow youth and leaders to achieve a state of well-being where they are able to properly care for their bodies and make choices that improve their overall health. 4-H Canada has partnered with ParticipACTION to develop these resources.

A response to the needs of youth

The Healthy Living Initiative is in response to the critical needs of youth in rural communities in Canada. Young people living in rural and remote communities are at greater risk of experiencing struggles related to their mental and physical well-being and also lack the resources and services that might be available to those in more urban areas.

The Healthy Living Initiative is made possible thanks to the generous support of:

Farm Credit Canada

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Corteva AgriscienceUFA

Canada Service CorpsGovernment of Canada

Have a question about the Healthy Living Initiative? Contact us at program@4-h-canada.ca.