Three Clover teen-agers, participants in the York County 4-H Youth Development program, recently returned from a three-day summit on nutrition, physical fitness and wellness.
The girls, members of a culinary arts team who call themselves the Chefettes, also expect to compete in a national seafood competition in New Orleans in August.
Home school students Leya Greene, Madison Hibberts and Olivia Pritchard attended the state 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Summit in Columbia on Jan 27-29, according to Faith Isreal, Clemson Extension agent and York County 4-H leader.
More than 40 teenagers and 10 coaches represented 10 counties at the event. With help of a grant from Walmart, the 4-H members will conduct summer camps for children ages 9-14 on the importance of healthy eating and how to cook, Isreal said.
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At the Healthy Lifestyles Summit, attendees were tutored in culinary skills by Chef Patrick Duggan, an instructor with the Lexington/Richland 5 school district. Among dishes they learned to create were manicotti marinara with fresh basil, baked eggplant parmesan, whole wheat pizza and a chicken stir fry – all made with healthy ingredients.
“Participants also enjoyed such healthy snacks as apple quesadillas, green smoothies and guacamole,” Isreal said. “These recipes – and more – they will share during the summer camps.”
Based on having won the S.C. 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Challenge at the State Fair last October, the Chefettes, including fourth member Maci McSwain of Rock Hill, qualified to compete in the Great American Seafood Cook-off: 4-H Edition, in New Orleans this summer.
The girls must raise money to cover travel expenses. For information on how to support the team or to learn on how to join 4-H Youth Development, contact Isreal at (803) 684-9919, ext. 113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.