kids on playscapeThe latest in our regular roundups of healthy eating and physical activity news from HOST members and others.


  • Register here for the Food Research and Action Center's Afterschool Meals Matter Conference Call on "Working with Food Banks," January 19, 2017, 1:00 p.m. ET. They say, "With vast networks and programmatic expertise, food banks can be great partners to work with on expanding the reach of the Afterschool Nutrition Programs. From promotion to sponsoring, food banks have a role to play in ensuring children have access to meals when the school day ends. Hear from food banks and advocates on ways to collaborate this school year on the child nutrition programs."

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  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and SHAPE America have released two new resources to improve school recess: "Strategies for Recess in Schools" identifies 19 effective strategies for schools to increase student physical activity and academic achievement. "Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice" guides schools through the development of a written recess plan. It includes a customizable Recess Planning Template to help schools use proven strategies to improve recess for students.
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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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