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University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Montgomery County
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Jersey County
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Macoupin County
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

News Release

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4-H Health Jam keeps kids moving for a healther life

4-H Health Jam kicked off at Carlinville Intermediate School on Wednesday, Feb. 15. 4-H Health Jam is a youth wellness program which promotes a healthy lifestyle through interactive lessons and learning experiences emphasizing physical fitness and healthy choices. In addition, youth learn about careers in the health field profession. Carlinville Intermediate school is a four time Health Jam school. One hundred fifth grade students at Carlinville Intermediate school participated in a variety of educational sessions related to health and wellness.  Youth participated in a variety physical activities including fitness relays, Zumba, Yoga, and Karate. Youth headed to the classrooms to learn about healthy eating habits, nutritional snacks, brain injury prevention, healthy lungs, physical therapy protocol, nursing, and tobacco prevention.  Youth were immersed in a variety of activities encouraging a more healthy lifestyle.

Health and wellness professionals from the local community offered their time, expertise,  and support for 4-H Health Jam.  Professionals involved in this event included:  Melissa Bellovich, Deb Pelizzaro, Dawn Knotts, Kristina Clark, and Debbie Grejtak (Carlinville Area Hospital); Connie Morin (Fancy Feet Dance Studio);  Mary Ann Harpe (Just to Dance); Kate Harding,  Peggy Hampton, and Lisa Peterson (University of Illinois Extension); James Gotcher (Garner Premiere Karate); Nikki Winters (Macoupin County Public Health Department); and Nancy Kyrouac and Nate Saint (THINK FIRST Southern Illinois University-School of Medicine Springfield Campus).

In the weeks following this event,  youth will participate in weekly sessions focused on  health topics.  Students will participate in a six-week “Walk Across Illinois” program. The goal of the “Walk Across Illinois” activity is for youth to complete 30 minutes of daily exercise equivalent to two miles of walking.  At the end of the program, youth will have “walked” 465 miles from northern to southern Illinois.

This program is funded by a grant from the Illinois State 4-H office and Wal-Mart. Macoupin County 4-H  is the sponsor for this program and values all the community partners involved to help make this program a success.  As part of the grant, students will receive a water bottle, pedometer, and a t-shirt (upon reaching their goal).  4-H Health Jam is a program devoted to helping youth live healthier lives.

If you have questions about 4-H Health Jam or other youth programs in Macoupin County, please contact Kate Harding at 217-854-9604.


Local Contact: Kate Harding, Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development,