Welcome to 4-H FCH

Food & Nutrition

If you want to be a star in the kitchen, try the food & nutrition project! You’ll learn kitchen and cooking safety, how to prepare nutritious meals and snacks, and meal ideas to reduce your risk of disease. Learning experiences focus on nutrition, food purchasing, food preparation, food safety, and related careers.

For Food Show: You choose a recipe from the contest categories and then prepare and present it to a panel of judges. During your interview with the judges, you will show how you prepared it, the nutrients and ingredients, personal dietary needs, healthy substitutions, and a cost analysis.

For Food Challenge: Teams of 3-4 students receive a list of ingredients and have 40 minutes to create a dish. The teams then present their dish to judges are scored on preparation, serving size, food safety concerns, nutritional value and cost.

Consumer Education

This contest is based on the skills of consumer observation, comparison, and the ability to make a fact-based purchases. Each participant is expected to defend their purchases to a panel of judges. This contest is held at the district level and at 4-H Roundup.

Fashion & Interior Design

Do you like to be creative in what you wear and the space around you?  The 4-H Fashion and Interior Design program is perfect for you.  In this project you can learn to design, construct and be a smart consumer when purchasing clothing and household items.

For Duds to Dazzle: Teams of 3 to 5 receive textiles and each team has 60 minutes to create a new product using item from the supply closet. Each team provides their own supply kit (Supply kit list found in Duds to Dazzle guide). The teams then present their item to a team of judges. You may also be tested on what you have learned about how the clothing & textile industry impacts the environment, specifically the waste stream.

For Fashion Show: For 4-H members to showcase their skills in buying and construction. You will create a clothing or fashion item, turn in paperwork explaining your item, complete an interview with a panel of judges, and last but not least, model the outfit on the runway. There are two main concentrations: Construction & Buying. Each with their categories.  Construction includes: ReFashion, Semi-Formal to Formal, and Theater/Costume. Buying includes: Business/Interview Attire, Fantastic Fashions under $25, Semi-Formal to Formal, Special Interest.

For Fashion Storyboard – This is an industry-inspired method of displaying original designs. The storyboard “tells the story” of the designer’s idea. The storyboard includes original illustrations, flats, and more to promote the design. Categories include: Wearable, Accessory, Jewelry, Pet Clothing, Home Decor, Home Furnishings.

Health & Personal Safety

The kitchen, the car, playing outside, near water – there so many places you need to be safe. And safe practices help you have more fun! The 4-H safety project can be a stand alone project or with other 4-H projects. You will learn to prevent accidents and injuries by recognizing and correcting safety hazards. This project pairs well with food and nutrition, shooting sports, archery, and any animal projects.

The safety project fits with so many 4-H activities – like being safe around large animals or with outdoor activities like shooting sports. But you can even apply safety principles to your everyday activities like cell phone safety or car seats and seat belts. Share what you learn to keep your family and friends safe too!

Become a Health Ambassador by asking Angie Sifuentes for more information!

All information taken from: Texas 4-H FCH Projects

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