Resolutions for a New Year

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Happy New Year! I asked around town and came up with this sort of informal top 10 resolutions people make every year. I thought I would share how Randolph County 4-H can help a body get through 2015 with great resolve!

Lose Weight: Did you know that Randolph County 4-H participates in all sorts of activities throughout the year to keep you motivated? Ice skating at Winterfest, preparing to walk or run in the Human Race in March, taking advantage of the wonderful facilities at the Asheboro/Randolph YMCA at our annual 4-H Lock-in, prep for livestock shows, braving the rapids white water rafting at Electric Congress, good old fashioned bunk house camping, touring the campus at North Carolina State University at 4-H State Congress, summer adventure activities and healthy cooking classes, running around at the North Carolina State Fair and staying active at 4-H club meetings.

Volunteer To Help Others: Randolph County 4-H is always looking for ways to pair the life skills and talents of individuals with the needs of youth in the community. You are just a phone call away from fulfilling this destiny – 336-318-6000. When it comes to youth and volunteering, 4-H youth are four times more likely to contribute to their communities based strictly on the fact that 4-H presents the opportunity to make it happen.

Quit Smoking: Randolph County 4-H is certified in the Health Rocks curriculum that addresses smoking cessation, substance and alcohol abuse. We are also preparing to work with Randolph Hospital to become certified through the Quit Smart program. Learning new ways to make healthy choices is one of out favorite things to do at Randolph County 4-H! Also, 4-H members are 50% less likely than non 4-H members to smoke cigarettes, shoplift, or use illegal drugs.

Get A Better Education: Randolph County 4-H takes every opportunity we can to expose 4-H youth to educational opportunities through our two land grant universities, NC State University and NC A&T State University. FYI, 40% of 4-H alumni have completed a university degree, compared to 28% nationwide.

Get A Better Job: In my book, it is all about exposure to opportunities and 4-H has that in spades. Everything from learning how to write a resume to learning how to raise a turkey! 4-H youth are two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology programs during out-of-school time and4-H girls are two times more likely and nearly three times more likely to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

Save Money: There is no cost to join 4-H. We are also very fortunate to receive United Way dollars to help support our program. Money is not a barrier to participate in 4-H and it never will be. Also, 4-H has some great curriculum on budgeting, constructing projects through recycled objects and making nutritional meals with money in mind.

Get Fit: Did you read the list of activities we offer by the first resolution? Join us and get moving.

Manage Stress: What is stress other than the emotional and physical way in which we respond to pressure? Randolph County 4-H affords youth and volunteers so many chances to “Learn By Doing.” The more capable youth feel and the more times they can draw from their own life experiences, the less likely they are to feel so pressured in a negative way, right?

Take A Trip: Oh man; 4-H does some traveling if that is what a person wants to do. Whether it be camping opportunities at one of our 4-H camps, trips to any number of universities across the state for workshops or competitive events, livestock shows and competitions that take you across the state and the country. You can definitely log some travel time through 4-H.

Reduce, Reuse, and Reuse: At 4-H, we are constantly sharing the importance of having an environmental conscience. Recycling is an ongoing project we work on, Big Sweep is an annual event Randolph County 4-H participates in and we incorporate up cycling in some of our summer adventure classes. It is always on our mind and we are intentional by example and by design to be the stewards of our planet.

Whatever resolutions you have made for yourself this year, I wish you the best. A little help can make all the difference.

***Statistics for 4-H youth from North Carolina 4-H Youth Development website.