4-H’ers attending State 4-H Congress in mid-July committed to an ambitious goal of collecting 1 million pounds of food for North Carolina’s food banks as part of a campaign called Hungry to Help. Conducted in partnership with the Food Banks of North Carolina, the campaign is designed to promote awareness of hunger in North Carolina and to help stop it.
Eight teens and tweens wandered beneath and between the branches of blueberry bushes under a sweltering July sun in Moore County’s Cameron community. Some mentioned the careers they’d like to pursue when they grow up: One said a hockey player. Another, an auto mechanic. And yet another, a veterinarian.
Whatever careers they ultimately choose, all of the 4-H’ers were gaining skills that will help prepare them. They were learning what it means to work hard, develop a business plan, put it into action and move on to new strategies when things don’t work out as planned.
More than 65 percent of all N.C. adults are overweight, and our state ranks fifth worst in the country for childhood obesity. Cooperative Extension is out to change these statistics through its Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program. The 15-week program helps people plan, track and live healthier lifestyles. A team of experts with Extension and the N.C. Division of Public Health developed the program.