boy eating appleThe latest in our regular roundups of healthy eating and physical activity news from HOST members and others.


  • On October 24, a number of schools around the country held healthy eating and physical activity events as part of Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide celebration of the importance of afterschool programs.
  • Philadelphia has enacted a new law that requires restaurants to make healthy drinks the default drink in kid’s meals, rather than sugary sodas. Kid’s meals must now offer a choice of water, nonfat/low-fat milk, or pure juice. Customers may still request sugary drinks, however. New York passed a similar law earlier this year.

Research and Information

  • A new report from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, Children’s Drink FACTS 2019, finds that nearly two out of three children’s drinks sold in the U.S. in 2018 were unhealthy fruit drinks and flavored waters with added sugars and/or diet sweeteners, and none of the 34 top-selling children’s sugary drinks met expert recommendations for healthy drinks. Salud America notes, "These unhealthy drink sales complicate health equity for Latino and black children, who are targeted more with sugary drink marketing and have higher rates of sugary drink consumption."
  • "School Meals Help Millions Of Kids Grow Up Healthy" as this informative new infographic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows.

Success Stories


  • It's Time Texas profiles Pharr San Juan Alamo Independent School District, one of only five school district winners in the 2019 It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, awarded for its strong focus on creating healthy schools for students and staff.
  • Build Our Kids' Success (BOKS) has awarded Memorial Elementary in Natick, Massachusetts, the first BOKS Defender of Physical Activity Award, and invites other schools to nominate their BOKS programs to win the monthly award.
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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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