4-H Health Jam brings health careers alive for youth in a 9-week program that introduces youth to a variety of health profession careers, engages young people in creative exercise, and teaches them how to keep their bodies healthy. Teams of health professionals come together to share their passion for their health field. Local hospital staff showcase their departments, explain their role in patient care, and engage participants in hands-on activities. Youth also participate in multiple types of physical activity to help them learn how to increase their daily physical activity. That includes the "Walk Across Illinois." Working in teams of four, youth complete 30 minutes of daily physical activity, the equivalent of walking two miles. During the eight weeks, teams will "walk" 448 miles from northern Illinois to its southern tip. Classroom learning activities help youth make healthy eating choices, prepare nutritious snacks, and learn how their bodies function.
By participating in 4-H Health Jam, youth will
- increase their understanding of the relationship between physical activity and personal health;
- increase their awareness of health profession careers;
- complete the eight week Walk across Illinois challenge by engaging in 30 minutes of daily physical activity; and
- become physically fit and develop habits that reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Health Jam is geared to youth in Grades 4 & 5.