kids jumping 500The latest in our regular roundups of healthy eating and physical activity news from HOST members and others.


  • The Food Research & Action Center will be holding a conference call on "Recruiting and Retaining Summer Meal Program Sites," January 4, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. ET. Learn about best practices, training and communication strategies to increase the number of sites and sponsors engaged and participating, as well as strategies to support and mentor new ones.

Success Stories

  • Afterschool Alliance profiles fellow HOST member A World Fit for Kids! and its CEO, Normandie Nigh, who talks about her organization's approach that addresses the whole child by linking healthy bodies with healthy minds.
  • Safe Routes to School National Partnership shares the story of Robert L Stevens Elementary in Santa Rosa, California, a low-income school in an urban area, which has many students that regularly walk or bike to school -- and some of the most successful and long-running walking school buses in the country.
  • Salud America reports on how the H-E-B Body Adventure exhibit at the Witte Museum in San Antonio uses peer modeling, gaming technologies, physical activity, and more to create a learning experiencefor children and adults, while also collecting data to describe the aggregate health of a large cross-section of youth.

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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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