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Health Rocks! is a 4-H Healthy Living program with the goal of bringing youth, families and communities together to reduce tobacco, alcohol, e-cigarette/vaping, and drug use. This program applies 4‑H’s successful Positive Youth Development model focused on life skill and decision-making development, and it utilizes the “Teens as Teachers” approach to build leadership skills. Through the power of youth/adult partnerships, Health Rocks! instills in youth participants confidence and communication skills necessary to develop the internal strength to resist risky behaviors.
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- This Intermediate guide is designed for the leader and is intended to be used with ages 12-14.
- Appropriate in a variety of settings: 4-H clubs, school settings, homeschools, camps, health classes, as afterschool or enrichment activities, etc.
- 188 pages.
- Developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; copyright 2019.
For more than 20 years, Health Rocks! has been using this unique formula to help youth make healthier life choices. The 2017-2018 program resulted in the following positive changes in youth behavior:
95% intend to avoid underage tobacco use
97% demonstrated high level of social and emotional thriving
93% expressed the intent to pursue healthy behaviors and avoid risky behaviors
86% disapproved of risky behavior (i.e. alcohol and tobacco use)
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