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


  • The Food Research & Action Center is hosting a webinar on how to "Boost Your Budget With Afterschool Meals," April 2, 2019 - 3:00 p.m. ET. Register here.
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  • The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association have endorsed a suite of public health measures designed to reduce kids’ consumption of sugary drinks.


  • Clarissa Hayes, child nutrition policy analyst with the Food Research & Action Center, explains how afterschool meals can help fill the spring break hunger gap for many students.
  • Cost of programs is the biggest barrier to participation of Latinx middle- and high-school students in school sports and activities, according to a University of Michigan poll, reports Salud America.
  • The Safe Routes to School National Partnership wants to track trends and progress in the Safe Routes to School movement and provide targeted support and resources to local communities. They're therefore asking "Any local, regional, or state initiative, by whatever name, funded or unfunded, that takes action focused on getting more kids walking and biking safely to and from school" to complete a census.



    "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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