NEWBERRY — The Newberry County 4-H Healthy Lifestyles team represented the county at the South Carolina 4-H Healthy Lifestyles state competition held Oct. 19.
After finishing third at the Midlands Region Healthy Lifestyles Competition held in Chester in August, the three-member team was qualified to compete in the state competition. SC 4-H holds this competition annually on the last Saturday of the S.C. State Fair in the Moore Building. This year was Newberry’s first year participating in this particular event.
Team members Berkley Derrick, Bailey Stuck and Maggie Jonkers showed much improvement from August, and brought home a blue ribbon score that landed them in fourth place.
The 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Challenge is modeled after such competitions as the Food Network’s “Iron Chef,” challenging teams of three to four 4-H members of similar ages to create a dish they are assigned.
In just one hour, team members must prepare the dish, make a presentation about it to the judges, interpret a label, plan a menu utilizing the dish, determine cost of the dish, and figure out calories per serving as well as prepare a fitness plan revolving around that calorie intake.
The presentation must include information about the serving size, nutritional value, how to utilize the dish in a meal, and the cost of the dish. The 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Challenge allows 4-H members to demonstrate their culinary and food safety skills to judges and observers.
The 2013 Competition revolved around seven junior teams made up for three to four middle school aged youth. These junior teams all prepared a salad dish. The Newberry team made and showed off their taco salad while sporting their new, custom made uniforms courtesy of team parents Charlie and Jaime Stuck.
For more information on the 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Challenge visit the SC 4-H website at www.clemson.edu/extension/4h/kids_families/projects/heatlhy_lifestyles/challenge.html.
For more information on Newberry County 4-H visit their website at www.clemson.edu/extension/county/newberry/programs/4h/index.html or contact 4-H Agent Alana West at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-276-1091 ext. 111. Newberry County 4-H will be forming teams for the 2014 Competition after the new year.