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Fifty 4-H members earned the opportunity to represent Belmont County at The Ohio State Fair in 57 different projects. Each 4-H member competed against 4-H members from across the county which completed the same project during Still Project Judging on July 20th. Youth were required to complete all project specific requirements, bring their completed project book, a one-page report and a display showing what they learned through their project.

During the project evaluation, the judge then asked each youth questions about their project to determine their level of knowledge gained through participation in the project.

The following youth were selected by judges based their knowledge and achievement in their specific project area to compete again youth from across the state at The Ohio State Fair: Emily Baker, Hannah Baker, Joshua Baker, Logan Bassa, McKinzie Bennington, Brynne Carpenter, Kyle Carpenter, Rachel Clarke, Canarissa Cline, Abby Collins, Tiffany DeNoble, Kaleigh Downing, Kiana Duncan, Kaitlyn Fortuna, Nick Fritter, Shana Glasgow, Kies Graham, Jacob Greenlee, Graham Hart, Sam Haverty, Eric Haverty, Samantha Hermann, Sarah Holtsclaw, Zachary Hull, Ricky Johnston, Samantha Ketter, Ellie Knox, Emma Lewis, Micahlene Mehl, Jordan Mehlman, Thomas Moore, Krista Morrison, Brandon Nucci, Dakkota Ramsay, Mariah Riley, Cole Roberts, Micaela Rockwell, Caity Romshak, Carly Schafer, Sarah Scott, Arin Selmon, Kassidy Stephens, Summer Stephens, Nathan Stuckey, Alexxis Tanley, Derien Thompson, Dustin Tomich, Jaimie Wheeler, Paige Wilson and Cody Wolford.

For more information about 4-H, please contact the Belmont County Extension Office at 740-695-1455.

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Are you having difficulty sleeping at night? Are you anxious, tense, and dealing with many stressful issues? Do you lack energy?Does life just seem to be overwhelming? Are the pounds piling on?

There may be a solution for the above questions and it is as easy as using your body to engage in physical activities.Studies have shown that being more physically active can help to alleviate minor mental and physical problems.

Incorporating more physical activities into our hectic lifestyle can be easier than we think.The following list has some suggestions that may help you to have a healthier lifestyle and to enjoy life more.

  • Turn household chores into a workout. Pick up the pace while you clean.
  • Climb the stairs.
  • After dinner, take a walk.
  • At the mall, park farther away from the store entrance.
  • Do yard work with vigor.
  • Rake leaves.
  • Use an exercise machine while watching TV.
  • Instead of meeting a friend for lunch, do a physical activity together.
  • Try a workout video.
  • Take a dance class.
  • Don’t just watch sports, play them.
  • Walk the dog for longer walks.
  • Enjoy a weekend activity doing something physical such as going for a hike or swim.
  • Dance to music in your home.
  • Start the morning with a walk.
  • Make family time activity time.Play with your kids.
  • Join in fun runs and fund raising walks.
  • Make party time and activity time.Hold parties at a bowling alley, skating rink or park.
  • Turn your coffee break into a walking break.Even 10 minutes of activity can improve your mood, reduce stress and improve your health.

Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any physical program.

Start slowly and work up the intensity of the workout. Aim for 30 minutes on most days of the week to maintain weight and 60 minutes to lose weight.