It seems that everywhere we turn, we hear about the impact of overweight and obesity on our nation, especially our children. The Texas 4-H and Youth Development program is working to provide high-quality programs that address the needs of youth and their families.
The 4-H Food Challenge encourages participants to make healthy food choices, improve energy and alertness, reduce disease and illness risks and gain knowledge of nutrients. Major learning experiences are centered on nutrition, food buying, preparation and food safety.
Last week, 35 boys and girls represented communities across Wise County at the County 4-H Food Challenge held in Slidell. Food Challenge allows 4-H members to create a dish using only a predetermined amount of ingredients. From these ingredients, 4-H members must identify, prepare and present information related to the serving size, nutritional value and cost of the dish.
Top winners will represent Wise County at the District Food Challenge on Oct. 27 in Jacksboro.
The Senior Division first-place team included Christian Cross and Bailey Morris, Chico 4-H; Logan Moore; Sheryl Jennings, Boyd 4-H; and Jodi Wells, Slidell 4-H.
Junior/Intermediate Division first-place team members are Lyndi Luttrull, Fallon Sachse, Ty Watson, Thaine Laaser and Lauryn Luttrull representing Decatur 4-H.
Second-place honors went to Caitlin Pruett, Morgan Barnes, Courtney Adams, Sarah Adams and Rebecca Richardson representing Slidell 4-H.
Third place was awarded to a team from Chico 4-H: Michaela Cross, Clayton Egle, Emily Egle, Michaela Martin and Morgan Williams.
Receiving fourth place were Shelby Vanover, Brady Vanover, Hunter Horner, Slayton Pruett and Sydney Keating from Slidell 4-H.
The fifth-place team also represented Slidell 4-H: Sarah Beaver, Dustin Davis, Lexi Swift, Chasey Malone and Bailey Keating.
Placing sixth were Carsyn Bailey, Emily Boyd and Reagan Harvey from Decatur 4-H; and Kobey Dearing and Harley Dearing from Bridgeport 4-H.
4-H’ers were recognized with mystery awards that were selected during the preparation time. Spirit Award recipients were Shelby Vanover, Brady Vanover, Hunter Horner, Slayton Pruett and Sydney Keating.
The Teamwork Award went to Emily Boyd, Carsyn Bailey, Reagan Harvey, Kobey Dearing and Harley Dearing. The Food Safety Award was presented to Michaela Cross, Clayton Egle, Emily Egle, Michaela Martin and Morgan Williams.
The Tough Luck award went to Sarah Beaver, Dustin Davis, Lexi Swif, Chasey Malone and Bailey Keating. Most Creative team went to Lyndi Luttrull, Fallon Sachse, Ty Watson, Thaine Laaser and Lauryn Luttrull.
4-H is open to all youth currently enrolled in third grade though 18 regardless of race, color, sex, religion, socio-economic level, disability or national origin. For information about joining 4-H or serving as a volunteer leader call the Wise County Extension office at (940) 627-3341.