4-H Canada Healthy Living Initiative to support youth

To The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—4-H Canada is proud to announce a two-year multi-partner agreement that supports the emotional and physical well-being of rural youth across Canada through the creation of the 4-H Canada Healthy Living Initiative, beginning in spring 2019.

Employing the 4-H Canada positive youth development approach, the first year of the initiative will see the creation of resources and tools that will support youth facing mental health challenges and communicate how to access resources or recognize when a peer needs support.

The second year of the initiative will focus on physical health, nutrition and well-being. This approach will help support youth, not only in navigating the challenges they face, but will also offer opportunities to develop their strengths and focus on wellness.

The healthy living initiative is in response to the critical needs of youth in rural communities in Canada. Young people living in rural and remote communities are at greater risk of experiencing struggles related to their mental and physical well-being and also lack the resources and services that might be available to those in more urban areas. The goal of this initiative is to support the 25,000 4-H youth members across Canada to lead lives that balance emotional, mental, and physical health and remove barriers to access.

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