OSU Extension helps promote summer activity through iTri

Youth participants in Lake County iTri

A lack of physical activity and childhood obesity rates are a growing concern for Lake County youth, especially during summer when there is an increase of unstructured time for school-age youth. In response, 4-H in Lake County developed a diverse, community-wide team to address and increase physical activity of youth through a summer-long program.

The result was iTri, a seven-week program to increase youth physical activity. Each week, instructors from a local group, club, business or agency highlighted a new skill or local recreational opportunity. “Squads” of five to eight youths of similar age were led by teen staff in warm-up exercises and provided support as squad members rotated to stations to learn that week’s skill and nutrition lesson.

Participants in iTri were provided a magnetic whiteboard physical activity tracker to encourage activity at home between sessions. Those who met their goals were provided incentives, such as bike locks, swim goggles and reflective shoe laces.

The program engaged 65 youth participants, 12 teen staff members and more than 20 community volunteers. On average, youth participants attended five of the seven weekly sessions, engaging an average of 10 hours of direct education. “It was something she looked forward to each week,” said one parent. Another parent said, “It was a positive experience.  It helped to get my kids to really into thinking about their health.”

Related stories

4-H youth sew Stockings for Soldiers

When soldiers are deployed during the Christmas holidays, they leave behind family, tradition and all the trappings of the season. They are likely homesick and missing their families. A 4-H club in Josephine County, part of the...

Youth Environmental Educators overcome pandemic year

Many youths in underserved communities must work to support their families. Yet, most internship opportunities for middle- and high-school age youth are unpaid, which is a disadvantage to those youth who must choose a paying job....

Extension educates Oregonians to prepare for Cascadia Earthquake

Scientists predict there is about a 37 percent chance that an earthquake of at least 8.0 magnitude will strike off the Pacific Northwest coast in the next 50 years. When it occurs, the historic temblor will cause widespread ...