Region 7 Southern Oregon (Jackson & Josephine counties)

Region 7 Southern Oregon

(Jackson & Josephine counties)

Healthy Communities Outreach Project

“Go 4 Real Food with Teens, Greens & Grains”

The Southern Oregon region’s goal is to integrate nutrition & physical activity education with youth development & leadership through FCH and 4-H programs in partnership with local schools, youth afterschool programs and low income housing units. The program will build on an existing campaign, Go 4 Real Food, developed under partnership with ACCESS Food Share and Jackson County Health Department. This project aims to provide program sustainability and greater impact for behavior change around food for youth of all ages by using hands-on food skills and the YA4-H! Teens as Teachers program.

Team Members

  • Jackson: Anne Manlove (4-H)
  • Josephine: Susan Hunt (4-H) and Cheryl Kirk (FCH)
  • OSU Campus: Mary Arnold, Professor and Youth Development Specialist (4-H)

Highlighted Partners

  • The Grants Pass Family YMCA
  • The Housing Authority of Jackson County
  • Sodexo
  • Josephine County Prevention and Treatment Coordinator
  • ACCESS and the Rogue Valley Food System Network

Project Files


Cheryl Kirk
Faculty page

Moore Family Center Outreach Activities



  • Promote nutrition and physical activity through local and afterschool programs, in low income housing units
  • Create Go 4 Real Food Campaign through hands-on food skills
  • Trained 12 YA4-H! Youth Advocates for Health with the Teens as Teachers program


 Region 7 Southern Oregon
  • Currently 3 teams of three teens are teaching hands-on cooking skills at Kids Unlimited, Boys and Girls Club, and YMCA after school programs in Grants Pass and Medford.
  • Teen teachers all obtained their Oregon Food Handler Cards
  • Working with school food service to offer tasting tables using whole grains prepared from Food Hero kid-friendly recipes