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Effingham County's Velasquez attends National Healthy Living Summit
Rebecca Valasquez (front row, third from left) is from Effingham County. - photo by Submitted

Seven Georgia 4-H youths recently participated in the National Healthy Living Summit for Youth held in Chevy Chase, Md.

Effingham County 4-H's Rebecca Velasquez was one of those seven who represented Georgia 4-H.  Also among those 4-H members attending were Angel Austin of Ben Hill County, Katherine Baxter of Murray County, Dabirich Chukwuezi of Cobb County, Kaylie Goldman of Madison County, Kelly Lachowsky of Liberty County, Troy Myers of Peach County, and Rebecca Velasquez of Effingham County.


At the Summit, 4-H members and leaders engaged in workshops featuring healthy lifestyles through eating nutritious meals and snacks, and making healthy daily lifestyle choices, along with establishing exercise time daily for better health.  In addition, delegates learned how to address issues, including obesity and hunger in Georgia.

The Georgia delegation facilitated a hunger/poverty simulation for the conference.  Team members bonded and formed a leadership committee that will plan and implement ambassador training for other teen leaders in the Healthy Living program later this spring.  This training will occur at Senior 4-H Camp to be held at Rock Eagle.

Georgia's delegates will teach lessons on awareness of healthy living lifestyles, promoting exercise, cooking in a healthy manner, establishing local cooking contests, making healthy eating and beverage choices, growing vegetables, and maintaining a proper balance of activity daily while also getting required sleep time.  Ambassadors will also learn to recognize the impact of obesity, inactivity, and hunger issues.


This group of delegates and adult leaders are excited about promoting healthy lifestyles through Georgia 4-H, and they are looking forward to the possibilities and opportunities this training will bring.  Their hope is to spread the enthusiasm and create a ripple effect of healthy lifestyles across our state.