There are 4 of them: Which ‘H’ are you?

What’s your H? The Colorado State University 4-H program has released a new media campaign. This campaign engages people to discover which one of the four H’s they most likely represent.

To refresh everyone’s New Year’s minds: The four H’s stand for head, heart, hands and health.

Each H represents different positive qualities a person has or can strive to obtain. Now, many people have more than one H; however, there is probably one that best represents you. You can go to the website www.colorado4h.org and take the survey to find out your H. Plus, if you are a current or alumni 4-H member, you can provide a picture and story of why that H represents you and has been an important aspect in your life.

Our state 4-H office asked the question to Gov. John Hickenlooper and his response was, “Since I can’t pick holiday or hiccup, my favorite words, or Hickenlooper, I think my favorite H is hands. Hands for larger service. This is an important concept for public servants.”

I decided to ask some of our local 4-H members and alumna.

Ashley Little, our current La Plata County 4-H president, said, “My H is head. I’m a thinker. I’m also a strong believer that knowledge is one of the greatest tools a person can have.”

Sadie Yates, a senior member of the Pine River 4-H Club in the Bayfield area, responded with, “My H is hands; because without your hands, it is difficult to accomplish anything, and we would be unable to serve.”

La Plata County 4-H alumna Angela Fountain of Durango said, “My H is heart. Heart to greater loyalty. It is important for us to be trustworthy, reliable and to love one another.”

Mount Allison Go-Getters 4-H alumna Megan Semler, a current Colorado State University senior studying animal science, said, “My H is head. 4-H has really prepared me to get a degree in higher education with the mentality to give back to my community.”

My survey result was health. As I power through a nine-day nutritional cleanse and 30-day yoga challenge, I am humbly reminded of how important health is to my life. I am fortunate to have the Durango Community Recreation Center right next to the Fairgrounds office. However, I mostly look at health through a community lens.

Being an active member of the Celebrating Healthy Communities coalition, I get to collaboratively work with a diverse group of public and private organizations and individuals making a better living for our community. The overall positive health of our community, world and Earth inspire me to be a better person.

Enrollment for La Plata County 4-H is up and running. Returning members have until Feb. 1 to re-enroll without a late-fee penalty. All new members have until April 1.

From 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 at the Florida Grange, the Florida Four Leaf 4-H Club will be hosting an open house for anyone considering joining 4-H. They will have a diversity of projects on hand with members to share their 4-H experiences.

felsengh@co.laplata.co.us or 382-6463. Greg Felsen is La Plata County 4-H youth development agent.