4-H offers "Move Across Missouri" weight loss program

BENTON COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - It's time to get moving! That's the message to 4-H youth and their families.

One Missouri 4-H family has taken the challenge to exercise and to eat healthy to the next level.

Tina Ives and her son Dylan Carver are on a mission. They hope to change their unhealthy lifestyle and be an inspiration for others.

"I didn't feel good, I was embarrassed and I decided it was time to get right," Ives says.

The mother and son together have lost more than 100 pounds.  The two were part of the 4-H "Move Across Missouri" competition.

Since 2009, more than 1200 individuals have signed up for the University of Missouri Extension program.

As part of the program, the Benton County 4-H volunteer incorporates physical activity and healthy eating in all of her 4-H meetings.

"If you can teach the kids when they are young how to eat right, exercise and take care of their bodies they will hopefully carry that into adulthood and not end up in the situation I was in," says Ives.

Dylan watched his mom lose more than 50 pounds and soon he was hooked.

The former 4-H member is now in college but when he's home he encourages other 4-H'ers to get healthy.

Carver says, "I am more into the fruits and vegetables now and eating healthy because they are actually pretty good if you get use to it.  Also walk every day. Change your lifestyle so it's a habit."

Since 2009, participants have logged more than 300-thousand hours of physical activity on the 4-H web site.

"Move Across Missouri" is a partnership with MU Extension 4-H and the Missouri Beef Industry Council.

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