mindfulness

Ready, Set, Go! For a Healthier You!

Welcome any youth between the ages of 7 and 18 interested in challenging themselves to improve how they feel and how they feel about themselves.  Join us for the next 6 weeks in learning about ways to practice good habits, and getting rewarded for doing it.  We will be holding a weekly workshop on a variety of healthy living topics that will be followed by a week-long challenge related to that topic. Your participation will earn points towards fun prizes – the more workshops you attend and challenges you complete, the more prizes you will become eligible for. No charge to participate!! This activity is sponsored by an award from National 4-H Council and the Walmart Foundation.

Ready, Set, Go! For a Healthier You! – Weekly Topics

  • Let’s Get Moving – June 15th, 7 p.m. – Focus on physical fitness and making summer safety a breeze
  • What’s Cooking? – June 22nd, 7 p.m. – Summer fun in the kitchen
  • Lettuce Learn about Nutrition – June 29th, 7 p.m. – What’s on your plate?
  • Go Bag Go! – July 6th, 7 p.m. – Make a go-bag 
  • Ready to be Mindful – July 13th, 7 p.m. – Taking a closer look  
  • Hydration Station – July 20th, 7 p.m. – Getting bored with water?
  • 4-H Healthy Living Awards and Recognition Ceremony 

 Secure your place now – first workshop is next Tuesday, June 15.  Special offer to the first 50 registering – free 4-H zippered bag to be used for storing supplies in case of emergency.  Any questions, email Margaret.grillo@uconn.edu

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Kids learn to be “mindful” at Subbase Afterschool Program

4-H cloverNew London County 4-H recently completed a 3-week mini-session of the “Mindful Me” curriculum at the MWR Subbase library in Groton, CT. Utilizing children’s picture books, like “No Ordinary Apple” and “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?”, the kids were able to think about the concept of mindfulness from different angles and learn how to practice it in their daily lives.

Mindful eating, emotion naming and identification through the fun use of props were just a few of the activities the children took part in during the program. By practicing positive affirmations within ourselves and outwardly towards others, through person to person interaction in the session as well as making cards to give out to others outside the class, kindness was emphasized and how being kind makes us feel better ourselves was demonstrated.

For the last session, mindful movement and meditation helped to give the kids another method of practicing mindfulness silently within themselves, even in the “loudest” of settings. At the beginning of each class, we were able to reflect and discuss how we remembered and applied the last week’s lesson, and tie it all back into what we would be learning that day to build upon or already mastered skills. Each child was able to make and take a meditation glitter jar to continue honing those learned abilities at home with a visual aid.

Mindful Me was a hit!

Article by Pamela Gray, University of Connecticut 4-H Military Liaison