2017 Delaware 4-H Youth Adult Partnership Conference

Approximately one hundred 4-H members, volunteers, staff and guests from Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania gathered in Rehoboth Beach, DE on November 10-12, 2017 for a weekend of fun and learning. This Youth Adult Partnership event focused on Healthy Living topics and developing action plans to take back to clubs and communities. Featured keynote speakers were Haile Thomas and Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long.

Haile, a 16 yr. old entrepreneur and youth health activist from New York, shared her story that began as a 7 year old who liked spinach. It has blossomed into her own non-profit, The HAPPY organization (Healthy, Active, Positive, Purposeful, Youth). Our Lt. Governor brought greetings and spoke on her role as a nursing professor at the University of Delaware as well as efforts to promote health initiatives in the state.

Fifteen workshops were offered covering topics from Teamwork, Yoga, Mindfulness, Zumba, Next Top Chef, Nutrition Label reading, Couch to 5K and more. In addition, a Share Fair with interactive exhibits including a grocery shopping challenge, fitness tips, and disaster preparedness offered additional opportunities for healthy living information. Thank you to all the wonderful workshop presenters and share fair exhibitors, which included a 4-H’er, Master Food Educator, Health Professionals, and Extension Educators.

Throughout the weekend, teens and adults met as teams to work on a project they could take back to their club or community. Projects being developed include finding ways to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables to their towns, creating an Instagram account based on positivity and preparing healthy living displays for upcoming community events.

We thank the Delaware 4-H Foundation, Delaware 4-H Leader County Associations and County 4-H Links Organizations for their support of this event. In addition, we appreciate the support of our many community sponsors that sponsored this event. These sponsors include:  New Castle Conservation District, Beebe Healthcare, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Delaware Department of Agriculture, The Bowers Group LLC, Horty & Horty PA, Simon Eye Associates, Representative Bobby Outten, Envirocorp Labs, Representative Ruth Briggs King, Walls Irrigation, Taylor & Messick, Chick Fil-A-Rehoboth, Delaware Health and Social Services, The Frozen Farmer, Hopkins Creamery, Mar-Del Watermelons, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Premier Nutrition, T. S. Smith and Sons and Wawa.