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During National 4-H Week, Oct. 7-13, youth in Brunswick County had the opportunity to teach on a farm during Brunswick Counties 4-H School Enrichment-Life on the Farm. They also learned about robotics engineering through participation in the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment and taught youth at Communities in Schools’ after-school programs at Union and Virginia Williamson schools.
Sammi and Bobbi Jane Lawrence taught at Virginia Williamson and Angelique and Alexis Apple taught at Union Elementary. The youth tag-teamed with Sarah Barnwell of Family and Consumer Science (FCS), who has been teaching Organ Wise to the youth at the after school program. She watched 4-H youth present their CalciYum presentation this summer and thought they would be perfect for the job of teaching the portion about strong bones.
Students took part in a hands-on demonstration about the importance of sunshine, calcium and exercise in building strong bones. They danced to the freeze dance and filled their CalciYum banks with exercise and servings of calcium (string cheese).
OrganWise Guys is a program designed to give students an interactive and visual understanding of their bodies. During the program, students learned about most of their internal organs, muscles and bones, and how food and exercise benefits their bodies. Materials are designed to be linked with school standards, aiming to fight childhood obesity and encouraging healthy lifestyles for children and their families.
CalciYum was specially designed by members of the 4-H Teens in Leadership Training, 4-H staff members Blair Green, Gina Britton and Angie Lawrence and Cheryle Syracuse of Family and Consumer Science through a grant from the N.C. Osteoporosis Foundation to help teach the importance of strong bones.
All southeastern 4-H extension agents, FCS agents and associates/assistants have been invited to the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension to learn about programs successfully designed and implemented from the N.C. Osteoporosis Foundation grant from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Throughout the years, Brunswick County has incorporated osteoporosis lessons into several programs, whether it has been in 4-H summer camps, school enrichment or to seniors at a luncheon. Brunswick County 4-H and FCS programs have created easy-to-use kits available to other counties interested in learning how to implement osteoporosis programs. These kits and program lessons alleviate the burden of creating materials and learn the many ways these lessons have been taught and why the grant continues to support these programs.
To learn more about Brunswick County 4-H and how to participate in activities like these, contact Blair Green, 4-H extension agent, at email@example.com or Angie Lawrence, 4-H program assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call the Cooperative Extension office at 253-2610 or visit its website at http://brunswickco4h.shutterfly.com/ or blog at http://brunswick4h.wordpress.com/.