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Presidential Active Lifestyle feted by Jefferson 4-H

June 12, 2012
By ESTHER MCCOY - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - The Jefferson County 4-H Committee is promoting the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, a new and improved presidential lifestyle award promoting physical activity and good nutrition, two requisites needed for a healthy lifestyle, according to officials.

"Ohio 4-H has a goal to reach 5,000 participants and our challenge for Jefferson County is for 100 4-H members to complete the challenge," said Janine Yeske, 4-H youth development coordinator.

The program calls for a four-to-six-week commitment to daily physical activity. Youth participating must be active 60 minutes a day, five days a week for six of the eight weeks or must have completed four weeks of activities by July 13. Adults can participate with 30 minutes of activity and healthy nutrition over the same time period.

A commitment needs to be made to making healthier food choices and tracking the progress on a PALA healthy lifestyle log, which are available at the Friendship Park walking station, in the Clover Chronicle newsletter or at the Ohio State Extension office, 135 Main St., Suite A, or by e-mailing

To check out the Presidents Challenge for Activities go to

"The incentive for our 4-H program is that $500 will go to a county in each region with the highest percentage of club members who complete the challenge, and that county will also receive $500 for their 4-H camp. Each 4-H member completing the challenge will get a ticket to the Ohio State Fair for the PALA Gala," Yeske said.

The PALA lifestyle log must be turned in by July 16 to the OSU Extension office, meaning the four weeks of activities should be started by Wednesday, it was noted.

There were 37 4-H youth to participate in the contest in 2011, according to Yeske. Each received a certificate from the presidential office and a county award.

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