USDA Resources for Healthy Living

The USDA has a variety of resources to promote healthy living for youth. This document provides a summary of the resources that are available from different programs under the USDA. The resources are divided by the healthy living category that they fall under – nutrition, physical activity, and injury prevention.

EFNEP Partner Websites

This chart contains hyperlinks to states' and territories' program descriptions and contact information.

4-H Learning Experience

The 4-H Learning Experience provides a framework for learning and teaching. It serves as a practical guide for developing transformative relationships, to create positive learning experiences, within supportive and safe learning environments, which all leads to identifiable learning outcomes.


Just as 4-H experience should include components that support the “head, heart, and hands” of youth, all 4-H experiences should also include aspects that promote health. 4-H Healthy Living is a national initiative to promote ways to make a child’s experience in the program optimal, which includes social, emotional and physical supports. This checklist includes: physical health, emotional health, social health, injury prevention and risk reduction, policies, and training.

4-H Zika Toolkit

Zika is a disease that is transmitted by a certain type of mosquito bite and can cause a lot of health issues for people. But everyone can help educate their peers and neighbors on the risks associated with mosquito bites. Fairs, farmer’s markets, sporting activities, and other community events are the perfect opportunity to reach out and educate others about mosquito bite prevention. This toolkit can be used by youth or adults to teach about the easy steps that can be taken to protect against mosquito bites and diseases like Zika!

Federal Internships and Early Career Opportunities

Most federal agencies offer internships and opportunities for recent graduates through the Pathways Program. The Pathways Program includes internships for students from high school through post-graduate school. Many of these federal internship opportunities can open the door for full-time jobs and serve as an excellent way of entering the federal workforce.

Collegiate 4-H Program

The purpose of a collegiate 4-H program is service, leadership development and professional development. Collegiate 4-H activities can range from working directly with state, county, or local 4-H groups to serving as volunteer leaders for projects, educational workshops, contests, judging competitions, or assisting with service projects. Additionally, collegiate 4-H programs are to be actively involved in campus activities through the involvement in community service projects and promoting positive youth development.

4-H Opportunties for Young Adults

There are numerous opportunities for young adults to engage with the 4-H program. From older teens to the twenty-somethings, there is an amazing experience waiting to be undertaken. This fact sheet provides a few examples.

AFRI / FASE - Frequently Asked Questions

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Frequently Asked Questions

2017 Congressional Actions

Documents related to the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriation Bill