One of the H's in 4-H is "Health". We must all take care of our physical, mental and emotional health. Please see some of our resources below for 4-H activities that you can do from home.

Mental and Emotional Health



Mental and Emotional Health

Video series-Supporting Youth Through the Pandemic. Featuring Dr. Chelsey Hauge Zavaleta of Positive Parenthood

Supporting Youth Through the Pandemic

The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program partnered with Dr. Chelsey Hauge Zavaleta to share this video series, Supporting Youth Through the Pandemic. Dr. Hauge Zavaleta's sensitivity to relationship dynamics and building cultures of empathy enable her to work with families striving to build positive home cultures that are creative, hopeful, and positive. Chelsey will support you to work with both the cultural pressures shaping your parenting relationships and family dynamics that make parenting difficult.

Videos are all on the California 4-H YouTube channel.

  • Stress in Kids
  • Presence & Praise
  • Positive Opposites & Language

Learn more about Positive Parenthood at https://www.positiveparenthood.org/

Virtual 4-H Mindful Me

4-H Mindful Me now available virtually!

Youth ages 5-8 can watch video recorded lessons and participate in adapted activities that build skills in mindfulness and social-emotional competencies that include:

  • Mindful eating
  • Affirmations (emotional support or encouragement),
  • Identification and management of emotions
  • Being present in the current moment
  • Yoga

Each lesson includes a reading of a children’s book along with a simple application activity.

Videos are available through eXtension: 4-H Mindful Me

Enrollment key: California

The full curriculum is also available for purchase from Shop 4-H.

Click the image to watch the video on YouTube.

Creating an Oasis for Yourself & Others

Special Wellness Webinar for University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Volunteers.

Creating an Oasis for Yourself & Others was presented live via Zoom on 5/13/20.

In this environment of broken routines and uncertainty, chances are you - and those around you - are experiencing big feelings. Stress and coping are frequent topics of discussion as worklife, homelife, and social life collide, expand, and contract.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and we are all in need of tools, new and old, to improve our resilience. After all, taking care of yourself, your family, and your friends can help you cope with stress and can make your community stronger.

The speakers focus our attention on taking care of ourselves and each other. You’ll learn about the therapeutic benefits of gardening, mindfulness based
stress reduction, and personal resilience. Whether you are a University of California employee or a volunteer, creating an oasis during challenging times could be the most important task of all.


  • Anne Iaccopucci, Academic Coordinator for Healthy Living
  • Marcel Horowitz , Healthy Youth, Families & Communities Advisor
  • Missy Gable, Statewide UC Master Gardener Director

PDF of PowerPoint Presentation


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Recommended Reading List

  • The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
  • The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
  • The Nature Principle by Richard Louv
  • The How of Happiness by Sonia Lyubomirsky

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4-H Fresh Chefs Digital Cookbook

The digital cookbook features 50 recipes from 4-H'ers across the country, 4-H alumni and supporters including:

  • Carla Hall - Celebrity Chef and 4-H Healthy Habits Program Ambassador, Tennessee 4-H alumna
  • Anne Burrell - Host of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition and New York 4-H alumna
  • Laila Ali - Cookbook Author, TV Host, Former Boxing Champion and Creator of Laila Ali Lifestyle
  • Timothy Hollingsworth - Owner and Chef of Otium, CJ Boyd’s and Free Play, Winner of Netflix's The Final Table

Recipes include everyday foods like, Cheesy Cauliflower Pizza, Crispy Smashed Potatoes, and Asian Lettuce Wraps, in addition to celebration foods, like Chicken Pot Pie, Gingerbread Doughnuts, and Sprinkle Cake Pops, that teach families how to balance eating habits.

It is available for free online here and audiences have the option to view and share featured recipes online or download the complete cookbook that includes beautiful food photography and personal notes from the youth and celebrities about their dishes.

Please feel free to share the cookbook with the 4-H community and beyond.

From my Kitchen

This video series invites you into the kitchens of our California 4-H staff to learn about food safety, new recipes, and nutrition tips.

This series premiered on the California 4-H YouTube channel over four nights. You can watch the entire series now from our playlist:

  1. Watermelon Salsa and Watermelon Slush
  2. Spanish Rice
  3. Sweet Potato Quinoa Tacos
  4. Plant-based Brownies

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