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Teens show others how to eat right, stay active


Four Highlands County teens were part of 200 youth and adult leaders from 31 counties who attended a statewide teen health summit at Camp Ocala.

The four 4-H Club representatives from Highlands County included Shelby Ball, April Garcia, Megan Sowards and Julia Van Fleet. The youth were chaperoned by 4-H volunteers Wendy Garcia and Laura Van Fleet.

4-H Leadership Adventure Weekend is an annual event for youth ages 13-18 held in January. This year, Florida 4-H partnered with United Healthcare to host a “Teen Healthy Lifestyles Summit” as a part of L.A.W.

Three of the Highlands County youth that attended this summit were also serving in a leadership role as “teen health ambassadors.”

After April Garcia, Shelby Ball and Julia Van Fleet were trained in their new role, they hosted a healthy lifestyles workshop at the YMCA in November, and at the teen health summit they instructed the other participants on how to read nutrition labels. The lessons included fun, hands-on activities and games to show youth the importance of being active.

4-H is one of the nation’s largest youth development organizations and is open to any one between the ages of 5-18.

Those interested in joining 4-H, volunteering, or learning more about its programs, can contact Lauren Hrncirik, Highlands County 4-H agent, at (863) 402-6540 or by emailing hrncirik@ufl.edu