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The Missouri Valley Bunch in Morton County is among 28 4-H clubs in 13 counties that were recognized for demonstrating their commitment to learning about and practicing healthful habits by being designated as a Healthy North Dakota 4-H Club for 2017-18.

The Missouri Valley Bunch has been recognized in each of the 11 years of the program. The club has 22 members.

The 4-H clubs, with a total of 559 members, earned the recognition for incorporating nutrition, fitness and health activities into their club meetings during the past year.

These activities are part of North Dakota State University Extension's "Eat Smart. Play Hard. Together" campaign. It emphasizes the importance of making healthful food choices, getting regular exercise and families eating together.

Clubs are required to incorporate at least one nutrition or fitness activity into a minimum of six regular meetings during the year to be named a Healthy North Dakota 4-H Club.

"I am very pleased to see the number of clubs that have made seeking this recognition an ongoing effort," said Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension food and nutrition specialist and Healthy North Dakota 4-H Clubs program coordinator. "The fourth 'H' in 4-H stands for 'health,' and these recognized clubs are making healthful habits part of the culture of their clubs."

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