4-H Healthy Living Programs Expand with $2 Million Gift from the Walmart
CHEVY CHASE, Md., May 2, 2013
CHEVY CHASE, Md., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Walmart
Foundation announced its continued support of 4-H Healthy Living programs with
a new $2 million donation to expand the Walmart 4-H Youth Voice: Youth Choice
program. This new gift will allow the Walmart 4-H Youth Voice: Youth Choice
program to expand its reach from 15 to 21 states across the nation, reaching
nearly 75,000 at-risk youth and their families with interactive education
about nutrition and food security challenges. The Walmart Foundation has been
a strong supporter of 4-H Healthy Living programs for several years having
granted $4.3 million to 4-H since 2009.
According to the Child Trends Data Bank, child-aged food insecurity is
associated with a greater risk for being overweight. Food insecurity can
result in lower diet quality and less variety, both of which can contribute to
being overweight and nutritionally deprived. Evaluation results from the
2011-2012 Youth Voice: Youth Choice program years show that participating
young people reported a higher understanding of nutrition and physical
activity knowledge and an increased active use of that knowledge.
Additionally, participants' attitudes towards nutrition and physical activity
became more positive and young people showed an improved ability to make
healthy food choices, even in food insecure settings.
"The Walmart Foundation has been a committed partner to 4-H in the fight to
help youth live better, healthier lives," said Donald T. Floyd Jr., National
4-H Council president and CEO. "Food insecurity and poor nutritional choices
pose numerous potentially damaging risks, including delayed cognitive
development in children and chronic ailments such as diabetes and heart
disease. The Walmart 4-H Youth Voice: Youth Choice program provides youth with
the opportunity to take the lead to actively address these issues with their
families, peers and their communities, resulting in a significant positive
Walmart 4-H Youth Voice: Youth Choice programs in each state will engage young
people and their parents by focusing on forming healthy eating habits based on
the "My Plate" dietary guidelines provided by the USDA. Programs in several
states will also include developing community gardens, an effort to improve
access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and allow members of the community to
learn first-hand about the benefits and nutritional properties of certain
"Through the 4-H Healthy Living Program, thousands of youth in states
throughout the country will gain access to information and experiences
designed to help them make positive nutrition choices and live a healthy
life," said Karrie Denniston, director of the Walmart Foundation. "The tools
provided by 4-H will engage not only the participants and their families in
healthy eating, but will also have an overall positive impact on the
communities where they live."
This generous gift will support 4-H Youth Voice: Youth Choice in 21 states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma,
Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands, Virginia and
West Virginia. 4-H's placement within NIFA, an agency of USDA, and unique
program delivery via the Cooperative Extension System at the nation's 109
land-grant universities offers a unique matrix of connections and
collaborations to help address issues of nutrition, physical fitness, obesity
and food insecurity among America's young people.
For more information on 4-H Healthy Living programs, please visit www.4-H.org.
4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning
leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private
sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the
National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA.4-H programs
are implemented by the 109 land grant colleges and universities and the
Cooperative Extension System through their local Extension offices. 4-H
programs are further supported by 514,000 dedicated adult volunteers around
the nation who help to put 4-H youth on a path towards successful careers.
Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better
through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally,
Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it
serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving:
Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women's
Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight
against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015.
Walmart has donated more than one billion meals to those in need across the
country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
SOURCE National 4-H Council
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