4-H Move Across Missouri

Move Across Missouri (MOVE) is for youth who like to have fun, stay in shape and feel their best!

Wouldn't it be great if you could get credit for all the activity in your life? Now you can! Whether you're into weightlifting, hunting, rock climbing or even throwing darts, you can enjoy tracking minutes and earning points while you move! Challenge yourself or compete with others. Join MOVE as an individual, a family or as a 4-H club, and an online system will help you keep track o your progress and goals. Awards and prizes are included, so join MOVE!

4-H Move Across Missouri is sponsored by Healthy Blue

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    Registration and participation

    4-H Move Across Missouri begins Feb. 1 and ends April 30!

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      Sign up

      Here's what youth and adults need to do to participate:

      • Enroll in the Move Across Missouri (MOVE) project (HF775) in 4-H Online in their profile by May 1. Enrollment in 4-H MOVE does not count as a part of county limits on projects.

      4-H Clubs and Groups can also use Group Enrollment:

      • Enroll in the Move Across Missouri (MOVE) project (LO775) in 4-H Online in their profile by May 1.
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      Log your activity

      From February 1 through April 30:

      • Using a paper tracking system found at the bottom of this page, youth and their families can "log" the number of minutes each individual is active from Feb. 1 to April 30. This paper log is for personal use, but you will use it to report your final results.
      • Forming a team? Awesome! All individual MOVErs may also be a part of a team. Pick a fun Team Name and be sure to put your team name on every log you report at the end of the competition. Teams are perfect for Community Clubs, Afterschool programs, SPIN clubs, Teen Leader groups, families and other groups of youth who want to commit to being more active together during MOVE.

      Beginning May 1 through May 15:

      • Each person reports their log by...
        • For individual participants:
          • Logging into your 4-H Online account.
          • Go to My Member List and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
          • The last box is Register a Member in an Event:
            • Select a member
            • Choose Move Across Missouri—Individual
            • When the orange Registration Types box pops up, click the Register button on the far right.
          • Once inside registration, there is a place to put your team and team leader's name if you had one. Log only your minutes here.
        • For group enrollment participants:
          • One adult leader/teacher logs into their 4-H Online account.
          • Go to My Member List and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
          • The last box is Register a Member in an Event:
            • Select a member (leader)
            • Choose Move Across Missouri – Group or Club
            • When the orange Registration Types box pops up, click the Register button on the far right.
              • Registration will include a place to report the total number of active minutes per team member and a place to upload the excel template below.

      My Move Activity Log (DOC)

      Group Move Activity Report Template (XLSX)

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      Prizes and more....

      • Participants who both enroll in and submit a log of activity for MOVE before May 1 will receive a MOVE promotion item and certificate.
      • Individuals and teams who log the most minutes in each county will receive awards. Teams and individuals with the highest overall minutes logged across the state will receive awards as well.
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    Move with service

    Here are some community service ideas that involve MOVEment:

    • Conduct a bicycle rodeo to help children learn bicycle safety
    • Organize a safe walk to school event
    • Assist an after-school little league or other sports program for younger children
    • Clean yards of neighbors who cannot do it themselves
    • Hold a sports contest
    • Teach others about a sport you enjoy and know a lot about
    • Clean up trash at a community event or county fair
    • Clean up vacant lot
    • Clean an elderly neighbor's driveway and sidewalk after a snowfall
    • Set up a recycling system for your home and participate in your neighborhood curbside recycling pick-up
    • Create a campaign to encourage biking and walking
    • Rake leaves, shovel snow, clean gutters or wash windows for a senior citizen
    • Go for a walk with a senior citizen in your community
    • Hold an afternoon dance for a local nursing home
    • During bad weather, visit seniors to make sure they have everything they need
    • Serve as a coach for a youth sports team
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    Physical activities

    Ideas for 4-H club or group meetings

    See instructions for example activities below. They're quick and simple!

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      And the beat goes on...

      Materials: Large room or open space outdoors; music; microphone (optional)

      Ask volunteers or 4-Hers to lead dance instructions. Try something new like Latin samba, Russian folk, clogging, Polish Polka, swing, country line, or ballroom dancing. Good instructors will help make sure participants learn proper techniques so they are successful! Dancing is fun and good exercise – participants don't even realize they're working out!

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      The ABCs of exercise

      Materials: None

      How do you create every letter in the alphabet using just your body? While participants wiggle, squirm and problem solve, they are also getting good exercise – enhancing flexibility, agility, strength and awareness of their body.

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      Bounce the ball

      Materials: two or three wiffle or ping pong balls; one sheet

      You will need at least four people for this game. Each person holds a corner and side of the sheet – stretched taut. Place the balls in the center of the sheet. Participants shake the sheet causing the balls to bounce in the air. The object of the game is to keep the balls bouncing in the air and keep them from bouncing off the sheet onto the floor.

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      Tunnel time

      Materials: None

      This activity helps participants stretch out their backs. Participants bend over on all fours (hands and feet) and lift their belly up to the ceiling – hold stomach in as far as possible and round the back. Choose the smallest person in the group to be the "crawler." At the count of "three" the participants will get in position and remain there until the crawler has a chance to go through the tunnel. When the crawler reaches the end, the tunnel can collapse!

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      Stretch and twist

      Materials: None

      Participants reach their left hand behind their back, placing it on their right back, hip. Place the other hand on top of their head and gently tilt to the right. They should feel a stretch down the neck and across the upper shoulder. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side. This is a good activity if a group has been sitting for a long period of time.

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      Stir the soup

      Materials: None

      Each participant will find a partner to do this stretching activity. Both partners sit on the floor, face to face, with their feet touching in a wide straddle. They reach out and grab each other's writs and move side to side and forward and back. Keep knees straight! Partners can try making circles – small ones and then larger ones as muscles loosen up.

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      How are prizes calculated?

      Individual awards

      • The individual county and state awards are given to the youth participant with the most total minutes logged.
      • Adult participants are not eligible for these awards.

      Team awards

      • The team county and state awards are calculated by taking the total number of minutes logged by a team and dividing it by the number of youth and adult participants.
      • Adult participants will be included as part of the team for calculations, but are not guaranteed to receive a physical prize.
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      What things might disqualify an individual or team from the competition?

      • Participants who fail to enroll in the MOVE project by May 1 will not be eligible for prizes.
      • Participants who fail to report their minutes in 4-H Online by May 15 will not be eligible for prizes. No paper copies will be accepted.
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      Participants can sign up as an individual or as part of a team. How many people can be on a team?

      Teams can have up to 15 participants. A team may be a family, club members, the entire club and other 4-H groups. Team awards are calculated by dividing the number of minutes or points by the number of team members.

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      How does MOVE connect with 4-H projects?

      Excellent question! Activity that you may already be doing in many 4-H projects can count in MOVE, such as shooting sports, bowling, biking, hiking and camping.

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      Are there any good resources for teaching youth how to cook healthy after-school snacks?

      The two websites that we recommend are Kids-A-Cookin' and the Missouri Families website. They have plenty of information on easy recipes and making cooking fun for youth.

MOVE 2023 Results