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4-H Food Detective Project

Time limit: 90 days


Full course description

Course Description:

In this course, 4-H members and their families will become detectives to learn more about different foods and healthy food options. This course has five lessons about being a food detective and making good decisions when it comes to buying and eating food. Lesson topics include family food discussions, gathering evidence about food, interviewing family members about food topics, and creating a perfect healthy meal for yourself! Each lesson will walk you through activities you can do together to learn more about food.

If you are not yet a 4-H member, you can find information on how to register on the 4-H Youth Development website. .

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss various foods and examples of foods in each food group.
  • Identify healthy food options for you to eat.
  • Ask a variety of questions to people to learn more about food.
  • Describe what eating is like for a person with a food allergy or illness. 

Course Requirements:

In order for a 4-H member to take this course, they must have an adult register for this course with the adult's email address and information. The course lessons are designed for your family to complete at your own pace. Some lessons are longer than others, and how much time you spend on each lesson will also depend on how many family members you want to talk with! 

Families are encouraged to keep a binder, notebook, or folder on your computer to collect and organize activities and notes. Once you have completed all of the lessons, you can complete your 4-H Project Record Book and turn it in to your local 4-H agent. 

Technical Requirements:

To participate fully in this course, you will need:

  • An adult's active email address. 
  • A desktop computer or laptop (recommended): Canvas is available on mobile devices, but some content may appear differently.
  • Access to a high-speed internet connection.
  • A web browser compatible with Canvas: Chrome and Firefox are recommended.
  • Headphones or speakers (closed captioning also available).
  • Computer skills including Internet browsing, using email, typing, downloading files, and basic troubleshooting.

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