4-H Health JamURL: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/family/res/pdfs/4_h_database/Health_Jam_rev09.pdfLanguage:
Author and Contributors:
University of Illinois Extension (3/24/09)
Peer reviewContent Type:
Professionals, Educators & Program Staff; Children & Youth
An extension or a land-grant developed resourceKeywords:
The 4-H Health Jam engages elementary-age youth in exploration of health careers, daily physical activity, and experiential study of body systems. During the nine-week program, youth participate in a two-day overnight camp and an eight-week follow-up. Youth complete the "Walk across Illinois" to achieve 30 minutes of daily physical activity. At the end of eight weeks, each team has "walked" 448 miles. Participants keep a daily log of exercise, meet weekly to chart progress, and participate in Get Up and Move activities.
The 4-H Health Jam uses an experiential approach to learning. Research has shown that learning and memory are increased and improved through physically and mentally engaging activities that stimulate attention and emotions.
The 4-H Health Jam looks to the Surgeon General's reports (1996, 2000) for guidance on motivating youth to participate in and sustain daily physical activity. Through Health Jam, youth engage in physical activity and identify exercise that appeals to their personal preferences. Youth develop confidence in their ability to perform and enjoyment of the exercise. Youth eliminate perceived barriers to being physically active. The eight-week "Walk across Illinois" program provides on-going support from peers and caring adults to complete the walk and sustain daily exercise.
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March 24, 2009Resource Last Updated:
January 2, 2013