Due to the number of US children who attend various types of afterschool care, it is becoming increasingly clear that out-of-school time staff can play an essential role in helping young people eat healthy and stay active. In order to effectively implement programs and policies that advance wellness, however, afterschool staff need high quality tools and resources. This session will outline the value of afterschool care, and provide specific ideas to help make out-of-school time programs part of an effective strategy to help children eat better and move more.
Specifically, this interactive forum will:
- Present childhood obesity statistics as well as recent AfterSchool Alliance data on the number of youth in afterschool programs;
- Address the history and development of the National AfterSchool Association Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity;
- Share examples from afterschool providers across the country successfully implementing the Standards and best practices; and
- Outline available professional development resources that can be used to advance healthy eating and physical activity in out-of-school time
Please join us to discuss these ideas and strategies.
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Daniel W. Hatcher, MPH
, Advisor, National Healthy Out-of-School Time, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Jennifer Hofman, MS
, Health Partnerships and Policy Specialist, Healthy Living and Government Relations Team, YMCA of the USA
Jean Wiecha, MS, PhD
, Senior Scientist, RTI International
Amanda Wilson, MS
, Project Manager and Strategic Engagement Coordinator, Active Living Research
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