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Delaware 4-H was represented by a delegation at the recent National 4-H Healthy Living Summit which was held February 15-18, 2019 at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD. Youth attending were Lake Vasey, Maci Carter, Shaniya Lewis, Gioiella Del Vecchio, and Maggie Kosior. Caroline Del Vecchio, Kent County 4-H Administrative Assistant and Delaware Military 4-H Leader, served as the adult chaperone. While at the conference, high school students develop the knowledge and skills to address today’s issues including nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. National 4-H Council and National 4-H Conference Center partner with professionals in family consumer science and healthy living to host this summit. Participants attended workshops, met with health professionals at a career fair and did service projects where they put together bagged lunches and toiletry kits for a homeless shelter.
During the summit, students are trained to create action plans to implement in their communities and teach other youth about what they have learned. The Delaware youth began development of their project called “Escape the Vape” which will be an interactive workshop for teens on saying no to vaping, e-cigarettes and juuling.In addition, Shaniya Lewis, a Delaware 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador, was invited back as a youth delegate to present her engaging workshop on “Sleep Deprivation”.
The Delaware 4-H Foundation and the Walmart Foundation sponsored this trip.