For the last 3 years, life expectancy in the United States has declined. While there are many factors (including stress and poverty), obesity-related illnesses are rising. Likewise, obesity rates are rising for children across the nation, which has health implications that can last one’s entire lifetime. In California, over 40% of 5th graders are overweight or obese and California spends over $52 billion annually in healthcare costs associated with obesity. Eating healthily and being physically active are two of the most important health behaviors for preventing obesity and related chronic diseases. However, youth in low-income and minority communities often face greater systemic barriers to achieving a healthy diet and regular physical activity. While there is strong evidence that participation in youth development programming decreases the incidence of risk behaviors, improves school achievement, and increases their sense of personal efficacy and empathy; historically, youth of color have been less likely to participate in positive youth development programming like 4-H. Such health inequities lead to lower life expectancy. For example, in Santa Barbara County the average life expectancy is 81.65 years; however, within the County there is significant variations. In one community, home to the Santa Maria Bonita School District, life expectancy is 4.85 years lower than the rest of the County and nearly 2 years less than the national average.