Healthy Families and Communities
The Healthy Families & Communities initiative is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles, science literacy, and positive youth development in local communities. The initiative works in the following areas:
- Promoting healthy behaviors for childhood obesity prevention - The current generation of UC children may be the first to have shorter life spans than their parents. Nearly one-third of California's school children are classified as overweight/obese. Campus-based researchers on UC Berkeley and UC Davis campuses have joined with county-based advisors to investigate and evaluate a range of childhood obesity issues, in a variety of settings including childcare, school, after-school, community, worksite, and health care venues.
- Encouraging and enhancing youth science literacy - Science achievement in the United States among K-12 youth has lagged behind many of their grade level peers from other countries for many years, prompting much concern, and putting nation’s economic and national security at risk. K-12 students who score below basic levels will lack the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for scientific careers and full participation in today’s knowledge society. Nonformal education strategies and approaches, for which ANR is recognized, especially the 4-H Youth Development Program and its 4-H SET Initiative, provide innovative out-of-school models, curricula, deliveries, and professional development for effectively engaging youth in self-directed learning and discovery.
- Promoting positive youth development - We know that far too many California youth currently fail to reach their full potential. Each year, approximately 80,000 California youth do not graduate high school and approximately one of every six 16-24 year olds in the state is out of school and out of work. Cooperative Extension’s county-based 4-H YD programs across the state are at the cutting edge of positive youth development knowledge and practice. They serve large numbers of youth, helping prepare them for college, work, and life.
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