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Fitzgerald Teen selected to a prestigious Youth Advisory Board

Tyler Tucker, youth ambassador Tyler Tucker, youth ambassador
Ten new inspiring teens from around the country were recently selected to join a Youth Advisory Board to help fight childhood obesity and one Fitzgerald teen was included in that elite group.

Tyler Tucker is one of the newest members of Youth Advisory Board for The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. A group started by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation.

"Creating a healthier community, not only with Ben Hill County but also with trying to reach out to the neighboring communities. Starting small and then getting into the bigger stages," said Tyler Tucker youth ambassador.

Tucker was chosen because of his work with Health Rocks, a 4-H program that teaches children the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. He's excited to join this new national board.

"They have my back. They will push me forward whenever I get discouraged and they will keep motivating me. 4-H has a lot of staff that also backs me up, so I have a huge support system," said Tucker.

The alliance is not part of 4-H, but the program played a huge roll in preparing Tucker for the position.

"He was selected to be on that through a lot of his 4-H activities and we will certainly do a lot of activities in combination with and through 4-H because of his membership on this national committee," said Jeri Gilleland 4-H youth agent.

Tucker says he's worried that members of his generation might not live as long as their parents.

"My main goal is to bring them, just make them healthier because if you are healthier then you are more alert, energetic and focused, which will help them do better and succeed in life."

Another passion of his is to spread the healthy schools program which right now has 24,000 schools involved nationwide.

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