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Across the state, 4-H is reaching new audiences through innovative programming. Recently, thirteen Knox County eighth grade health students participated in Missouri’s 4-H Student Nutrition Advisory Council (SNAC) Initiative, developed in collaboration with MU Extension Family Nutrition Education Program.
Knox County 4-H Youth Program Associate Crystal Murr led the Knox County Middle School SNAC program meeting with students twice a week beginning April 13, 2021, and lasting until May 20. Murr taught gave the students hands-on instruction about nutrition while preparing healthy snacks in the morning meeting room kitchen at the Knox County Elementary School.
4-H SNAC creates 4-H clubs that focus on teaching nutrition in combination with leadership and citizenship skills which are central to 4-H. This curriculum encourages youth to eat healthier meals and snacks, as a result of hands-on cooking experiences.
Participants learned how to prepare simple, healthy foods that they can make themselves and for other family members at home. Led by Knox County 4-H Youth Program Associate, Crystal Murr, the 4-H SNAC club worked through lessons including each of the five food groups, as well as a cooking component.
Students learned how to make a granola sundae, farmer’s market salsa, fruit pizza and tacos.
“SNAC club members learned to advocate for increased nutrition awareness, education and initiatives to improve the health of their community. By developing youth leadership within communities, we will be able to impact the local health environment for all ages,” said Knox County 4-H YPA Crystal Murr. “I was excited to learn that one of my students has made the fruit pizza himself three times at home.”
Major support for the Missouri 4-H SNAC Club mini grants is provided by Healthy Blue in partnership with the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
Learn more about the Knox County 4-H Program by contacting the Knox County Extension Office at (660)397-2179 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.