February 9, 2021

News Release

For Immediate Release

EDITOR'S NOTE: Members of the media may contact Jeannette Rea Keywood, Rutgers 4‑H Youth Development by phone at 609-827-0199 or by email at reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.

New Jersey 4-H Members to Attend Virtual National 4-H Healthy Living Summit

Six New Jersey 4‑H members will attend the National 4‑H Healthy Living Youth Summit to be held virtually February 12–15, 2021. The purpose of the summit is to provide teens with an opportunity to learn about and develop an understanding of various aspects of healthy living.

The New Jersey 4‑H'ers will join nearly 550 youth and adults, from over 30 states, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and various military bases across the globe. New Jersey delegates attending the conference include: Nehal Bajaj of Somerset, Sujay Edavalapati from Bridgewater, Rose Farra from Morganville, Samhith Karpakula Umesh of Princeton Junction, Faith Mitchell of Woodstown, and Olive Scaff from Cream Ridge.

During the virtual National 4‑H Youth Summit on Healthy Living, high school youth will develop the skills and knowledge in areas related to nutrition, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. Workshops, guest speakers, engaging activities and more will provide experiences for teens to learn about healthy living topics including nutrition, healthy equity, food insecurity, substance abuse, physical fitness, and mental health and to discover the possibilities of careers in these areas. Summit attendees will meet and work with youth online from across the country.

"The summit will provide the New Jersey delegates to the 4‑H Healthy Living Youth Summit with an excellent opportunity to learn about health and wellness topics and how they can promote healthy living in their communities" says Jeannette Rea Keywood, State 4‑H Agent, Department of 4‑H Youth Development.

The 4‑H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station - Cooperative Extension. 4‑H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K–13 (one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

For more information about the New Jersey 4‑H Program visit the website at: nj4h.rutgers.edu

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Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is an qual opportunity program provider and employer.

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