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North Carolina 4-H Presentation Guidelines: Health and Fitness


For youth to apply research, communication and problem-solving skills toward personal and community health promotion.

Each participant will be able to:

  • Select a health topic and explain why you choose that topic.
  • Research the topic.
  • Identify the cause(s) of the health problem.
  • Illustrate how to prevent the problem.
  • Discuss a program or intervention to prevent or reduce the problem (required for Senior Division youth only.


Individuals or teams may compete.

  • 8-10 – 4-H’er must be 8 years on January 1 of the current year and not have reached their eleventh birthday by January 1 of the current year.
  • 11-13 – 4-H’er must be eleven years old on January 1 of the current year and not have reached their fourteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 14-18 – 4-H’er must be fourteen years of age on January 1 of the current year, and not have reached their nineteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.

Presentation Ideas

Youth are not limited to these suggestions.

  • Asthma
  • Car Seats
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Child Abuse
  • Childhood Injuries
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Eating Disorders
  • First Aid
    • CPR Training
    • Heimlich Maneuver
  • Gang Violence
  • Heart Disease
  • Immunizations
  • Infant Mortality
  • Infection Control
  • Juvenile Diabetes
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Physical Fitness
  • Poison Control
  • Poor Hygiene
  • Safety
    • Bicycle
    • Farm
    • Fire (Smoke Alarms)
    • Water
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases/AIDS
  • Sports Injuries
  • Substance Abuse
  • Teenage Suicide


  • Health Department
  • Local Health Professionals
  • Local Library
  • Diabetes Association
  • Heart Association
  • Cancer Society
  • Other specific disease-related associations


See NC 4-H Presentation Regulations

Suggestions/Helpful Hints

  1. The presentation will be evaluated based on the extent to which the youth meet the presentation objectives. Judges will ask questions and complete the standard score sheet.
  2. The content and format of the presentation must reflect the age and understanding of the youth making the presentation.
  3. Presentations must be factual and research-based information, not personal opinions, value judgments or ethical/moral positions that are more suited for the Public Speaking program. Ask a health care professional to review the information for accuracy. for controversial issues, present research facts to support both sides of the argument.
  4. Since some topics may be sensitive or uncomfortable to some members of the audience, the youth should announce the topic and specific emphasis at the beginning of the presentation. Allow time to leave for individuals who desire to do so.


District Gold Winner: $50 Stipend to attend State Presentation finals. Award can be used as a stipend for 4-H Congress or to attend State Presentation Finals.

State Gold Winner: $75 award for each Division Winner.