Chambers County Extension Coordinator Tara Barr and Regional Extension Agent Sharon Hayes recently organized the 4-H Fitness Club Challenge at the Valley Sportsplex. Twelve weeks of boot camp activities began in mid-January and culminated in the challenge on April 10th. The program alternated hands-on nutrition experiments using the 4-H kit, Just Move Alabama, with physical activity.
“Each Wednesday, 30 kids from areas schools participated in the event,” said Barr. “This was a partnership with the Chambers City Board of Education and the City of Valley Afterschool Program. The program is unique because the Board of Education agreed to provide transportation from the Valley schools to the Sportsplex. By alternating nutrition experiments with physical activity, these kids will be active and healthy for many years.
“On Challenge day, 18 kids participated in the challenge out of the 24 that attended Afterschool that day. They gave it their best shot for a paid trip to 4-H Camp in Columbiana. Four teams were formed symbolizing 4-H: Head, Heart, Hands and Health. The challenge consisted of sack races, jump rope relays, hula hoop relays, tug of war and hill climbing. The tie-breaker was hula hoop passing with twist and turns. The winning team was the Head team consisting of Christopher Brown, Connor Corbin, Anne Deming and Jada Finely,” Barr added.
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