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Healthy Habits grant awarded

Submitted by Polk County Extension Office

The Polk County Extension Office recently wrapped up a $3,000 Healthy Habits grant program designed to teach nutrition and exercise concepts to Polk County youth.  The grant was originally written to bring the Body Walk to Holly Harshman Elementary school this past school year.

However, due to Covid 19, the grant had to be revised.  Thanks to the hard work and creativity of county agents Becky Sterner and Bridgett Martin, the grant was transitioned to an online education program with the grant monies being used to purchase supplies for families to make healthy snacks and meals at home.

Four different recipes were provided to families:  Banana Yogurt Breakfast Shake, Cranberry Fizz, Vanilla Oatmeal Granola, and a Chicken Herb sheet pan meal.  Participants were required to watch the nutrition education videos on Facebook each week with agents demonstrating how to make the recipes.

They were then asked to post pictures of their prepared dish.  After week three, families were asked to complete an online evaluation to determine what they learned from the program and report any behavior changes.  When the evaluations were completed, families were provided ingredients to make a complete meal using a sheet pan that included protein, vegetables and fruits.

The grant was able to provide ingredients and some equipment to make additional healthy snacks at the end of the program.  A drawing was held for five additional prizes for families who posted their recipes.

Winners were selected in a drawing on July 13 with Judge Brandon Ellison doing the official Facebook live drawing.  Winners of the Ninja blenders included the York and Cearley families.  The granola basket was won by the Russert family.  The fitness basket was won by the Youngblood family and the infusion basked was won by the Hopper family.    There were 73 participants in the program with 34 families participating.

The Polk County Extension Office would like to thank all of the families who participated and made this grant a success in these times of social distancing.  The office would like to remind individuals that they are #StillOnTheJob during the #COVID19 situation and welcome any phone calls or questions about the 4-H youth program in Polk County.


Photo courtesy of Polk County Extension Office

The Rusert family won the granola basket during the 4-H Healthy Habits Grant program conducted by the Polk County Extension Office.

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