DEVILS LAKE – Ramsey County’s 4-H’ers club was one of many throughout North Dakota that was recognized for incorporating nutrition, fitness and health activities into their club meetings in 2020-21.

The fourth “H” in 4-H stands for “health,” and 28 4-H clubs from 13 counties are making healthful habits part of the culture of their clubs. They were designated as Healthy North Dakota 4-H Clubs for 2020 to 2021.

The 4-H clubs, with a total of 558 members, earned the special recognition of being “healthy clubs” by meeting the criteria, which could include having healthful snacks, having food demonstrations during meetings and doing community service. Eleven clubs also earned extra recognition for completing the Family Mealtime Challenge.

“Many clubs have continued meeting virtually or found outdoor settings during the pandemic, such as meeting in parks or ice skating rinks. Several set healthy snack policies for their meetings,” says Julie Garden-Robinson, North Dakota State University Extension food and nutrition specialist and Healthy North Dakota 4-H Clubs program coordinator.

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