Super Heroes in Training discover Health Rocks program

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Brunswick County 4-H’s summer fun programs kicked off on June 18 with the theme, Super Heroes in Training, chosen by the 4-H Teen Council and TiLT (Teens in Leadership Training) teens.
On Monday, TiLT teens led Clover Buds, ages 5-8, in discovering what super hero strength they had. They designed capes, competed in super hero Olympics and got messy with super hero slime.
During the rest of the week (June 18-21), a new group of super heroes, ages 9-12, “flew in” for super hero training. The youth learned how to make wise choices by participating in Health Rocks, a national 4-H curriculum for healthy living targeted at young people ages 8-14. This curriculum provides health information regarding norms and consequences of youth tobacco, alcohol, and drug usage. The curriculum is designed for teen/adult facilitation, with teaching tips and key health messages embedded in hand-on activities.
During the week, super heroes learned what it would be like if you smoked and contracted a lung disease by breathing through different size straws and trying to participate in activities while breathing through the straws. They discovered what an addiction was like by doing a three-legged race with a twist. One partner tried to go the opposite direction than the finish line so they could feel what it’s like to carry an addiction. Other learning activities included creating advertisements for things you shouldn’t buy, like flavored paint to facilitate learning about media messages.
TiLT teens trained in the Health Rocks curriculum for 10 hours and then spent another 8-12 hours planning the camp during the school year. They were assisted by Blair Green, 4-H extension agent, Angie Lawrence, 4-H program assistant, and Portia Gause, 4-H summer fun coordinator. On Tuesday and Wednesday, they facilitated the hands-on activities and discussions with help of Gause and Lawrence. Participating teens at the camp included Angelique and Alexis Apple, Olivia Bowers, Kenan Bridges, Sammi Lawrence, Garrett Williams and Amber Yurgel.
After completing their training, Brunswick County 4-H Super Heroes were presented with a certificate of completion and a Health Rocks cinch sack with 4-H goodies. On Thursday, they celebrated healthy living by visiting Wonder Works in Myrtle Beach.
To learn more about Brunswick County 4-H and how to participate in activities like these, contact Blair Green, 4-H extension agent, at blair_wooten@ncsu.edu or Angie Lawrence, 4-H program assistant, at angie_lawrence@ncsu.edu. Call the Cooperative Extension office at 253-2610 or visit its website at brunswickco4h.shutterfly.com or blog at brunswick4h.wordpress.com.