The University of Missouri Extension Healthy Lifestyle Initiative works with communities across Missouri to develop healthy communities, including policies and environments that support access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. Youth engagement is essential to the success of community-wide health initiatives. On February 6th they will be presenting information about the initiative through the Creating Healthy Communities Community of Practice.
Youth engagement within the initiative address obesity and sedentary lifestyles, creating positive environments, and impacting lifelong health. Components of the initiative include:
· Photovoice Projects with K-12 Schools
· Youth-Led Community Forums
· Participatory Action Research with Youth
· Youth-Adult Partnerships
When youth and community practitioners develop local collaborations using these tools with 4-H, schools, food & farm groups, churches, public health agencies, local government, business leaders, and economic development & planning commissions may be more successful and have greater engagement of all participants.
Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Counties in Missouri 2013
More information about the program can be found on the Healthy Lifestyle Initative website at http://extension.missouri.edu/healthylife/
On February 6th the following individuals will be involved in presenting information about the initiative during a webinar.
Zoe Broder, AmeriCorps VISTA, University of Missouri Extension Healthy Lifestyle Initiative
Steve Henness, State 4-H Specialist, University of Missouri Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development
Melissa Maras, Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Missouri
Jon Stemmle, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, University of Missouri
Webinar “Engaging Youth in Creating a Healthier Future for Themselves & Their Communities” Thursday, February 6, 2014 – 10:30am-12:00pm CT - https://learn.extension.org/events/1388. No preregistration required — but be sure and put on your calendar. The webinar will be recorded.
Flyer of the event
Healthy Lifestyles Webinar Info