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4-H Fitness & Sports Project

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Do you love playing sports, being in shape, or preventing athletic injuries? Youth involved in the fitness and sports project will have the ability to share their passions for favorite activities and educating people about fitness tips and safety.

There are several types of 4-H projects that members can complete. Youth can organize a community service project, conduct demonstrations, design a poster, present an illustrated talk, share a job shadow experience, create an educational video, and more.

Ages and Stages of Youth Development

Beginners

Beginners work on locomotive skills such as jumping and skipping. They also should become knowledgeable of different games that they can play with their friends. Learn the benefits of limiting time in front of a screen.

Juniors

Juniors should be capable of locomotive skills and should work on balance and flexibility. They also explore different activities and decide find what interests them. Describe how to cut down on screen time.

Seniors

Seniors should have advanced locomotive skills. Learn the benefits of lifting weights and proper lifting form and understand the economic impact of sports. Youth can resist spending several hours in front of a screen.

4-H Programming Priorities

Leadership

Leadership in the fitness and sports project can include presenting exercise programs and education at school or in the community and encouraging participation.

Health & Wellness

Fitness and sports are correlated to health and wellness. It is important to realize why fitness and sports is beneficial to people of all ages.

Science

Science plays a big role in fitness and sports. A knowledge of how the muscular-skeletal system operates and can repair itself involves scientific knowledge.

Agriculture

Many exercise movements originate from common farm chores. Proper form is about safety and prevents injuries that may inhibit a person from work.

Get Involved

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Youth Voice

  • Demonstrate how to wrap an injury
  • Communicate how to design an exercise plan
  • Illustrate proper weightlifting movements
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Community Service

  • Volunteer to organize fitness events in the community
  • Assist after school programs by designing physical activities for participants
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Career Connections

  • Coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Group exercise instructor
  • Physical/occupational therapist
  • Athletic trainer
  • Physical education teacher

Exhibit Ideas

  • Poster about equipment needed for a sport, why, and costs
  • Map of safe bike routes
  • Describe different options for group exercise
  • Display emphasizing concussion awareness
  • Share the importance of warming up properly