UnitedHealthcare and Florida 4-H Team Up to Promote Healthy Living Among Youth at Statewide Youth Retreat
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As part of the UnitedHealthcare and Florida 4-H "Eat4-Health" partnership, more than seventy 4-H youth leaders from across the state gathered at Camp Cherry Lake to learn important skills about eating healthy and the importance of exercise as part of a program aimed at reducing obesity rates among young people and families in Florida. The youth utilized the training they received to be "youth ambassadors" and bring their knowledge and skills back to their communities to promote healthy living at schools and special events to help reach thousands of residents about these important health issues.
Tallahassee - Florida 4-H State Council Officers along with UnitedHealthcare executives kick-start the full day of "Eat 4-Health" fitness activities with a $30,000 grant provided by UnitedHealthcare to the University of Florida Extension Service, which provides 4-H programs to all counties in the state. The "Eat4-Health" partnership will train "Teen Health Ambassadors" about healthy eating and the importance of exercise as part of a program aimed at reducing obesity rates among young people and families in Florida. Pictured left to right: Kaitlyn Pace from Santa Rosa, Jared Smith from Hastins, Jake Menendez from Okeechobee, Andrew Horvath from Live Oak, UnitedHealthcare Vice President of Sales and Marketing Abe Gonzalez, Cassandra Weston, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agenda from Miami, Emily Freeman from Miami, Gabby Valentin from Marion, Scott Read from Jacksonville, Sarah Baltzell from Madison and UnitedHealthcare's mascot, Dr. Health E. Hound. (Photo: Dawn McKinstry)
4-H youth leaders were divided into teams and challenged to successfully complete a series of fitness obstacles and nutritional challenges during a day full of health and fitness activities modeled after "Survivor" type competitions.
UnitedHealthcare's mascot Dr. Health E. Hound joined 4-H leaders as they worked together to complete a series of fitness challenges that include testing strength and endurance with fun exercises designed to burn calories as well as being able to "advance to the next level" of the competition by answering trivia questions on nutrition, diet and healthy living.
The UnitedHealthcare 4-H Eat4-Health partnership is in its third year, already activating thousands of 4-H youth ambassadors to make healthy choices for themselves and in the communities where they live. The activities at the Camp Cherry Lake retreat are part of a series of trainings and events made possible by a $30,000 grant provided this year by UnitedHealthcare to the University of Florida Extension Service, which provides 4-H programs to all counties in the state.
Molly Mcmillen, 612-353-7778
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