A Message from Maya


Authored by: Amy Weisz, 4-H Program Representative UCCE Solano County

Maya decided to run for the position of Healthy Living Officer for the Suisun Valley 4-H Club in Solano County. This is the first year the club has elected this office and Maya is already proving to be a great fit!

The state provides an officer manual with many tools and ideas, but Maya is setting the tone and taking the initiative with her own ideas to go above and beyond. Maya is creating a healthy living news corner in the monthly newsletter with healthy tips and healthy recipes. She is working with the refreshments officer to oversee the newly adopted drink guideline ensuring we provide water at each meeting.

Maya is an avid 5k runner and is coordinating a 4-H team to run in a local 5k event on September 28. She is also organizing several hikes for club members to get extra exercise.

She is gaining and sharing great knowledge of a Healthy Lifestyle and learning lifelong leadership skills as she goes. She is a fabulous role model for showing the Healthy H in 4-H. We are excited to have her on our officer team!

Here is Maya’s health tip, activity, and recipe:

Hello my name is Maya. I am psyched to be the Suisun Valley 4-H Healthy Living Officer! My goal as your Healthy Living Officer is to offer everyone healthy living suggestions and family activities to participate in throughout the year.

Health tip of the month: is to eat healthy food so you have energy for your active day. Start your day by eating a healthy nutritious breakfast each morning before school. You can also eat nutritious snacks along the day (a few examples are celery sticks, carrots, apples with lemon juice so they don’t brown).

 Healthy living activity of the month:  Let’s run a 5k as Suisun Valley 4-H team. We are registering as a 4-H team for the So Fit City (Suisun Valley 4-H); There is a fee depending on which race you will run or walk. The date of the race is 9/28/13. This would count in your record book: Place this activity in the communication skills section of PDR. You could do something fun with your family and friends as well. If you have a 4-H shirt please show your green color at this event or wear a green shirt.

Healthy recipe of the month: is Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. This won a special award at Solano County Fair in 2011 for the reduced calorie category.


½   cups of mashed banana

1/3 cup plain fat free yogurt

5 tablespoons butter, melted

2 large eggs

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

¼ cup ground flaxseed

¾ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2/3 cup semisweet chocolate mini chips, divided

Cooking spray

2 tablespoons fat free milk


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F2. Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Add sugars; beat until blended.3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next five ingredients in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to banana mixture; beat just until blended.4. Fold 1/3 cup minichips into a 9×5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Combine remaining 1/3 cup minichips and milk in a microwave safe bowl; microwave at high for thirty seconds, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over bread.