Playing with dinosaursThe latest in our regular roundups of healthy eating and physical activity news from HOST members and others--now geared towards staying healthy during social isolation.

Tips and Ideas for Staying Healthy and Active

Stories of Going Virtual 

  • Build Our Kids' Success (BOKS) has given its Defenders of Physical Activity award for April to Potter Road School and Lead Trainer SaRah Bowers. After schools in her district were shut down because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bowers began providing her Framingham BOKS students with live, virtual BOKS classes.
  • The Afterschool Alliance profiles the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg, West Virginia, which is continuing to support children and families during the coronavirus outbreak. The club began gathering food for distribution to students even before schools closed, offering uninterrupted meal service until the school district could begin their own meal plans. They’re also partnering with a local community foundation and grocery store to make sure families can get the food and hygiene supplies they need.
  • Although After-School All-Stars’ school-based programs shut down as schools closed because of COVID-19, they have shifted their focus to food assistance and virtual learning experiences with a new program, #HappyAtHome.

Research and Professional Development Resources

  • A new report from the Urban Institute (via Youth Today) looks at "Strategies and Challenges in Feeding Out-of-School Students," including emerging models and policy implications.
  • It's Time Texas is offering a webinar on "Responding to COVID-19: What Texas Communities Are Getting Right," including mobilizing the service and transportation industries to fight hunger. Register here for the event, which will be April 30, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. ET.
  • The National AfterSchool Association has partnered with Discovery Education to launch the Virtual Learning Response Fund, which will "provide professional development support to educators to enable the successful transition to virtual learning environments." 
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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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