Bradley Extension receives $5,000 Health Rocks! grant

Posted 10/3/17

Bradley County Extension has received $5,100from the Tennessee State 4-H Office for the 4-H Health Rocks! grant. This is the eighth year Bradley County Extension has received this grant. In …

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Bradley County Extension has received $5,100from the Tennessee State 4-H Office for the 4-H Health Rocks! grant.

This is the eighth year Bradley County Extension has received this grant. In addition to Bradley, 20 other counties in Tennessee received the Health Rocks! grant. Bradley County Extension plans to serve 1,000 youth with this program, which includes students at Ocoee Middle School and Oak Grove Elementary School.

Health Rocks! is a curricula for a healthy living program targeted at young people ages 8 to 14. Teen and adult facilitators share hands-on activities that educate youth on the consequences of tobacco, alcohol and drug use.

The goal of this program is to reduce youth smoking and tobacco use, help youth build life skills that lead to healthy lifestyle choices, and to help youth understand the influences and healthy consequences of tobacco, drug, and alcohol use to make healthy choices.

In addition, this program hopes to engage youth and adults in partnership to develop and implement community strategies that promote healthy lifestyle choices.

In Tennessee during the 2015-2016 program year, a total of 26,072 youth completed 10 hours or more of training in Health Rocks! Annually, the program is evaluated with a retrospective post-then-pre survey of a group of randomly selected youth participants.

A summary of the annual survey data shows the Tennessee program has demonstrated the following. 11.5 percent increase in the number of youth who now understand that illegal drug use causes psychotic behavior; 7.7 percent increase in the number of youth who understand that illegal drug use affects relationships with family and friends; 4.2 percent increase in the number of youth who now have long-term goals in life; and 3 percent increase in the number of youth who report they would help other youth to stay away from alcohol and other drugs.

4-H is the Youth Development program for University of Tennessee Extension. 4-H teaches leadership, citizenship and service learning to more than 301,000 youth in grades 4-12. 4-H also has more than 5,000 adult volunteers. UT Extension is one of four units in the UT Institute of Agriculture.

The 4-H Program is open to all youth, without regard top race, gender, ethnic origin, handicap, or religion.

For more information on the local 4-H program, call Lynne Middleton at 423-728-7001 or LMiddle2@utk.edu.


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