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Iowa youth joins National 4-H Council’s team

By Staff | Jan 13, 2015

Allison Lansman

FORT DODGE (ISU) – Iowa 4-H’er Allison Lansman, of Fort Dodge, has been chosen by National 4-H Council to join its healthy living management team as a healthy living youth ambassador. In this new role, Lansman will help to guide the management team to create, implement and support national healthy living campaigns in 4-H clubs throughout the country. Joining four other youth ambassadors, she will have the same voting power as the adult ambassadors on the team.

Lansman was chosen from a pool of 60 top tier applicants from across the country and vetted by National 4-H Council staff, Cooperative Extension staff, National Institute of Food and Agriculture staff and the outgoing healthy living youth ambassadors. She was chosen based on her commitment and dedication to nutrition, weight management and healthy eating,

“This is truly an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am so thankful I was given,” said Lansman. “As an ambassador for this team I hope to help improve and create programs within 4-H to help improve the lives of our youth through the full spectrum of wellness including, nutrition, exercise, emotional health and bullying issues.”

Lansman has been involved with the 4-H Youth Development program of Iowa State University Extension for more than 13 years. As a 4-H member, Lansman was a leader in her county and exhibited in most project areas at both county and state levels. Her favorite project areas included educational presentations, Awardrobe Clothing Events, food and nutrition, and poultry. As a 4-H alum, Lansman is involved in 4-H as a poultry project leader and avid volunteer throughout the year.

The passion Lansman possesses for healthy living stems from her personal experience with obesity. She spent her life battling childhood obesity, and finally was able to break this cycle when she began college by losing 50 pounds. Lansman believes that she can take this individual and special connection that she has for health to help improve other 4-H’ers lives through the work she does on this management team.

“We are honored to have Allison represent the 4-H Youth Development program in this capacity,” said Cayla Taylor, a 4-H program coordinator with ISU Extension. “As part of her ambassador responsibilities, she will be able to bring back a wealth of resources to enhance youth programming in the 4-H Healthy Living priority topic area across the state.”

When not working on her national duties as a healthy living youth ambassador, Lansman is participating in many activities at Iowa State University where she is a junior in dietetics. At ISU, she is involved with many clubs, including Collegiate 4-H and also volunteers frequently within her community.

To learn more about the Iowa 4-H Healthy Living program, please visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/CLL.

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