4-H Open House

4-H Grows Here logoJoin us on Saturday, February 15, at 4-H Hall from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm for a 4-H Open House We’ll have information about completing your 4-H projects, 4-H Camp, 4-H Enrollment, county & state fair winning projects will be on display, junior fair livestock registration and much more!

Spread the word and bring a friend!

If your club would like to participate, or if you have a 4-H project or camp/trip poster you would like to display, please contact Sharon Francis at 513-332-4897 or jfrancis@cinci.rr.com.

4-H Open House flyer

Celebrate American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both American men and women.  Why not both wear red and eat red fruits and vegetables to both promote and practice healthy eating.  Here are a few red food facts…

  • Red vegetables get their color and nutrition boost from lycopene and anthocyanin. Lycopene is an antioxidant that has been shown to reduce heart disease risk, protect the eyes, fight infections, and protect against damage from tobacco smoke.
  • Choose red bell peppers, tomatoes, tart cherries, cranberries, raspberries, rhubarb, pomegranates, or beets, all these healthy fruits and vegetables are positively packed with antioxidants such as vitamin A (beta carotene), vitamin C, manganese, and fiber.

Increase RED fruit and vegetable intake…GROW A GARDEN

We are one month into the new year and new decade.  Many of us set new health and wellness goals so we can do more and feel better in 2020.  We have increased our steps by walking more on a regular basis.  We are drinking more water and selecting more nutrient dense foods when grocery shoppingThe OSU Extension Clermont County staff has even engaged in daily fitness challenge breaks ie: Squats.

What can we do to increase our intake of fruits and vegetables in February?

Why not plan a summer garden so you can have fresh vegetables and fruits available right outside your doorstep.   The current eighth edition of USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends:

  1. Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan
  2. Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount
  3. Limit calories form added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake
  4. Shift to healthier food and beverage choices
  5. Support healthy eating patterns for all

First planning and then planting a garden will help us address all five of these guidelines with one action.

How efficient and satisfying is this!

Ohio State University Extension Clermont County is your Go-to-Resource for all the information you need to accomplish the task.

2020 OSU Extension Gardening Resources include:

Planning for the Garden

Master Gardener Clermont County Library gardening classes

4-H Youth Development Project Books:  
Grow Your Own Vegetables

Growing with the Seasons

For more information on growing food and food production best practices, living a sustainable lifestyle, preparing youth for success and eating healthy throughout the lifespan visit www.clermont.osu.edu.

 Fewer than 1 in 10 US adults and adolescents eat enough fruits and vegetables.

Wear RED and eat RED fruits and vegetables in support of American Heart Month!

4-H Filmmakers Wanted

FIlm CrewIf you’re a teen interested in videos and filmmaking, you’ll want to apply to be part of the 4-H Film Crew! The crew will develop their skills in video production, editing, sound and writing to film 4-H youth from all over Ohio, and share their stories. Our first meeting is February 8, at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center and we’ll get together throughout the year, both virtually and in-person. Find the details at go.osu.edu/4hfilmcrew and apply by January 30.

Keeping it REAL at Bethel-Tate High School

On November 26, all students at Bethel-Tate High School experienced workforce readiness.  Freshman completed the Real Colors® personality assessment.  Sophomores visited Grant Career Center to learn about the programs offered while Juniors and Seniors participated in the Real Money. Real World. spending simulation.

Real Colors® is a fun, interactive workshop that provides participants with the skills to understand human behavior and can easily be incorporated into all aspects of your personal and professional life. Through Real Colors®, participants gain a new perspective on themselves and the things that are most important to them. This is a great activity to complete as a Freshman as it provides valuable skills and insights.

Real Money. Real World. spending simulation is an activity developed by OSU Extension professionals and is an interactive, hands-on classroom experience that gives young people the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those they will make as adults.

This day was a partnership between all program areas of OSU Extension Clermont County(4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Family & Consumer Science), Empower Youth and Bethel-Tate High School.

For more information on OSU Extension programming please contact our office at 513-732-7070 or visit our website at clermont.osu.edu. Follow us on our weekly blog by subscribing and by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Click HERE for a video.

Ohio Military Kids (OMK) Programs

The Ohio Military Kids (OMK) program has a full schedule planned for the 2020 event season. Ohio Military Kids is a partnership with Ohio State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and Family Readiness with Ohio National Guard. With this amazing partnership, Ohio Military Kids puts on several events throughout the state of Ohio. These events range from daylong educational programs, to overnights, to weekend camps, and even weeklong residential camps. These events are open to youth of military families, and they do not have to be a member of 4-H to participate. 4-H members and adults have the opportunity to volunteer for OMK events, including as camp counselors in the summer!


The mission of Ohio Military Kids is to support the youth of military families throughout the deployment cycle. Ohio 4-H is an essential supporter of the Ohio Military Kids Program and its mission. Ohio 4-H works hand-in-hand with Ohio National Guard to deliver fun and supportive programs to military families. With military youth in every county in Ohio, the partnership of 4-H to promote OMK opportunities to your military friends and neighbors in all 88 counties is appreciated!


Visit go.osu.edu/OMK for more information as you express your gratitude for those who serve our country and help us continue to grow the reach of Ohio Military Kids by sharing this website with a military family!



What Could Be Better Than an UGLY SWEATER???

Decorating one with your friends!!!  Join us for an UGLY SWEATER Decoration Party!

Saturday, November 23, from 10am-12pm in 4-H Hall.

Bring a sweater or sweatshirt to decorate.  Admission is only $5 OR a jar of peanut butter AND jelly (NO glass jars) per person, and includes glitter, sequins, glue, paint and other supplies.

There will be cookie decorating, crafts, card making, song, dance and lots of holiday fun!!!

Ugly Sweater Invitation

Get Your Elves in a Row

You are invited to sign up for the Get Your Elves in a Row Email Wellness Challenge running from November 25, 2019 – January 5, 2020.  Two weekly e-mails will be sent directly to your inbox.

The goal of this six-week challenge is for you to reduce stress, and simplify your life by practicing wellness habits. During this challenge, you will gain ideas to help you:

  1. Practice Mindfulness
  2. Simplify your Meals
  3. Organize your Holiday Décor
  4. Embrace Humor and Positivity
  5. Declutter your Gift List and Schedule
  6. Eat more Vegetables and Fruits
  7. Add more Movement (“Elfercise”) to your Day

What does it cost? Nothing – it is free!

Who can participate? Any adult with an email account.

How do I sign up? go.osu.edu/ElvesClerHam19

Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

Ohio Youth Capital Challenge Are you interested in community service, government and advocacy? Apply to be part of the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge hosted by Ohio 4-H, FFA and Farm Bureau. Only 40 delegates will be selected to work with other teens in grades 9-12 to develop a policy that makes a difference in their community, travel to the State House in Columbus and meet with lawmakers. Find all the details at www.go.osu.edu/OYCC2020 and be a #4HTrueLeader!