CHEVY CHASE, Md. — National 4-H Council has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Wal-Mart Foundation to launch Youth Voice: Youth Choice, a national program that encourages young people to develop and maintain healthy, active lifestyles.
The program will tackle wellness issues such as nutrition, physical fitness and safety.
To fund the Youth Voice: Youth Choice program, 4-H programs in 15 selected states will be awarded $50,000 grants to develop, strengthen and implement healthy living programs at the community level.
4-H members will work in tandem with land-grant university experts and 4-H volunteers to mobilize other young people and get them excited about living healthy lives.
“Health is the fourth ‘H’ in the 4-H pledge,” said Donald T. Floyd Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. “As a national leader in health-related issues, 4-H is already reaching 2.5 million youth in all 50 states with nutrition and wellness programs, providing opportunities to build confidence and healthier lifestyles. With this generous new grant, we will be able to reach even more young people with these important messages.”