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Virginia 4-H camping builds life skills

4-H participants

4-Hers at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center learn about gardening, eating locally grown produce, and nutrition as part of camp.

Each year, more than 27,000 young people participate in 4-H camping programs at Virginia Cooperative Extension’s six 4-H educational centers.

Both residential and day camping programs have a rich history of providing educational programming to thousands of youth through hands-on, experiential learning. Continue reading

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Teaming up with the community to fight obesity

The Dan River region of Virginia is one of the most health-disparate regions of the United States. The area that stretches from Patrick to Halifax counties has a diabetes rate that is almost 50 percent higher than the rest of the country and a 5 percent higher rate of obesity; 17 percent of the area’s residents live below the federal poverty level. One in four do not have health insurance.

Fortunately, researchers in Virginia Tech’s Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise are working on a solution to improve the health of the region. Continue reading

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