Hanging SnowflakeHOST members offer healthy holiday tips and more in our latest roundup of healthy eating and physical activity news.

Holiday Tips

  • The American Heart Association suggests "8 Ways to Hack Your Holiday Recipes" to make them healthier.
  • Salud America! is hosting a #SaludTues "Healthy Holidays - How to" Tweetchat from 1 to 2 p.m. ET on December 4, 2018, to tweet information, resources, and tips to prevent or help the health dangers of stress, unhealthy eating and limited physical activity during this time of the year.

Ideas and Success Stories

The National Farm to School Network shares a story of a student working with its Seed Change in Native Communities project, who became a leader in his school's garden clubdespite hardships at home.


  • A new study, published in the current issue of Pediatric Obesity, looks at the influence of community programs and policies--including out-of-school time ones--in preventing childhood obesity. This study has the largest sample size to date.
  • An article in the latest Afterschool Matters journal explains the development and use of the Healthy Plate Photo nutrition assessment tool, based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture MyPlate guidelines. The study suggests that the tool can be "a practical and useful nutrition assessment tool for OST programs to use with youth from varied socioeconomic and racial/ethnic backgrounds."


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    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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