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Youths learn tips about healthy lifestyles

Published: 10/21/13 3:46PM
By: booner

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Dr. Ivelaw L. Griffith, President of Fort Valley State University, poses with prize winners and FVSU’s 4-H interim program leader, Woodie Hughes Jr., Oct. 5 during the 4-H, Future Farmers of America Ag Youth Health Day.

Lack of physical activity among young people is a growing concern in the U.S. A recent program at Fort Valley State University, may help to reduce this epidemic.

Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension Program sponsored the annual 4-H Future Farmers of America Agriculture Youth Health Day Oct. 5. The event, held at the C.W. Pettigrew Building, drew 627 in attendance. This included youths from fifth through 12th grades and advisors from 10 counties throughout Georgia.

“The goal of this event is to recruit students to FVSU, disseminate healthy living education to the participants and afford all youth participants the opportunity to take part in physically healthy living activities,” said Woodie Hughes, Jr., FVSU’s 4-H interim program leader and chair of the 4-H FFA planning committee.

Students participated in activities such as frisbee toss and tug-of-war. They also learned about the dangers of underage drinking through a simulation course set up by the Byron Police Department.

In addition, students  listened to lectures from various FVSU officials, including Dr. Govind Kannan, dean of FVSU’s College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology and Fort Valley State University President Dr. Ivelaw L. Griffith. Griffith took an active role in the affair by handing out prizes to participants who could correctly answer questions concerning facts about FVSU.

Participants also learned about FVSU’s University Today Scholars Program. The program is a dual enrollment opportunity that allows high school students to take college classes either on-line or in person at no charge. The day ended with a football game between the FVSU Wildcats and the Tuskegee University Tigers.

For more information about 4-H programs at FVSU, contact Hughes at (478) 825-6219 or hughesw@fvsu.edu.