To arm youth with information about healthy lifestyles and prepare them to make healthy lifestyle choices, MSU Extension offers a variety of resources and tools about nutrition, fitness and health in young people.

4-H Food, Health and Well-being

Pledging your health to better living?

Health involves the physical, social, intellectual, mental and environmental well-being of young people. Michigan 4-H Youth Development supports and empowers individuals, families and volunteers to help young people make proactive decisions about healthy lifestyles. 4-H links decision-making skill building to current health issues such as tobacco use prevention, distracted driving, seatbelt safety, stress management, nutrition and fitness to teach youth:

  • Healthy behaviors
  • The science of human diseases
  • Ways to become advocates in their communities to build healthy lifestyles

Through 4-H health programs, young people develop:

  • Positive values such as responsibility and restraint
  • Positive identity and self-esteem
  • Social competencies such as resistance skills, stress management skills and the ability to make healthy lifestyle choices


For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:

Michelle Neff, Extension Educator
Phone: 989-539-7805

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