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

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  • Action for Healthy Kids shares how W.B. Simpson Elementary School in Wyoming, Delaware, is encouraging kids' healthy habits with take-home "nutrition boxes" of books, toys, and information; weekly workout time; and a fitness club.
  • Salud America profiles Jorge Olvera, who is using a community garden collaborative to boost healthy food and physical activity in Magnolia Park, one of the oldest Latino neighborhoods in Houston’s East End. The neighborhood has been a food swamp, with easy fast food access, scarce access to healthy food, and few safe spaces to be physically active, but the garden is already having an impact.
  • Afterschool Alliance profiles Coaching Corps, which partners with afterschool and summer programs in low-income neighborhoods and trains volunteer coaches and afterschool staff to offer sports as a youth development tool.
  • The National League of Cities shares how member cities of the Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) initiative are implementing nature connection strategies with a focus on equity as a way of boosting children’s health and wellbeing.
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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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