Holly Bill is a Community Education Specialist for both youth and adults with the UC Cooperative Extension in Sacramento and San Joaquin counties. She has received a Masters of Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Agriculture with an emphasis in nutrition. She is passionate about making a positive contribution to the health of families through education and research in nutrition, physical activity, and mindfulness. Holly has been practicing mindfulness for twelve years and began a daily meditation practice two years ago.
The 4-H Healthy Living Initiative is focused on providing learning opportunities that address health in the holistic sense - physical, social and emotional health. Mindful practices combine each of these domains. The 4-H Mindfulness Project focuses on youth increasing their personal skills in leading a healthy lifestyle, and developing the skills needed to be a health advocate in their communities. The overall program aims to foster mindful practices that lead to improvements in managing goals, developing a sense of self, time management, stress management, emotional regulation, and mindful eating practices.
The following annotated bibliography of English children’s literature was developed by University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources to provide a resource to 4-H project leaders and families interested in supporting primary members in understanding and practicing mindfulness.