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Milford 4-H Body Works

Submitted by Megan Insley
Prince Edward 4-H - Milford 4-H Body Works
(Posted June 1, 2012)

This year the Milford 4-H club ran a new project called Body Works. Thirteen members, including Megan Insley as Youth Leader and the leaders, Barb Insley and Angela Miller, met once a week in Milford for 6 weeks. During those weeks we got to try a lot of new things– healthy eating, physical activity, karate, yoga, how to care for your skin and your hair. During one of our meetings we also touched on self esteem by doing a group exercise. For this exercise we all sat in a circle and said one or more good things about ourselves, ranging from positive personality traits to being good at sports. That was one of my favourite nights because I realized what a close and caring group of members we have in Milford (not one member didn’t have something good to say about every other member in the club!).

We learned how to make healthy snack choices by reading the nutritional information of packages of some common snack foods. The members made a quick breakfast parfait with Greek yogurt, fresh fruit and granola. Some of the group had never tried granola and was surprised to find it quite tasty.

At one of the meetings we had guests come in to teach us how to do yoga. We learned a new style of yoga called “laughing yoga”– it sounds silly (and it was a little)– but we all had FUN! As the meeting came to an end we did a little traditional yoga to get everyone calmed down before going home. Cheryl and Alexi Moggridge came out one night and really put the group through a workout doing karate.

During our hair and skin care meeting we invited Janet from Pharma Plus to come out and talk to us about how to care for your skin in the summer by using sunscreen- did you know that if you use sunscreen that is SPF 30 it lowers to about SPF 15 when it is spread on? I didn’t know that. When asked at the end of the club what the members enjoyed or learned their comments were: “I learned that you shouldn’t tousle your hair because it can cause breakage; you are suppose to squeeze it out with a towel”; Jonah said “I really liked karate”; Cori said she would do the body works club again; Codie said “we learned how to work on our self confidence by saying good things about our selves, our friends and our fellow club members”. To wrap up our club we held an achievement night where we played Just Dance on the Wii and ate (healthy) snacks. Everyone agreed that this project was a lot of fun and they would like to do again.

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