girls smiling on fieldThe latest in our regular roundups of healthy eating and physical activity news from HOST members and others.


  • In "Congress set to reauthorize afterschool and summer meal programs," the Afterschool Alliance shares the priorities it is advocating for, aimed at increasing access to nutritious meals for children most at risk for hunger.
  • Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation that includes $500,000 for the state’s Healthy Food Financing Incentives (HFFI) program. Legislation the American Heart Association supported created the HFFI program in 2017, but the program had been without funding and unable to launch. The program can now support the construction or refurbishment of grocery stores in areas throughout the state without access to healthy foods.


  • The Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center shares a new report from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Physical Activity Research Center to show how investments in walking and cycling may support physically active transportation.

Success Stories and Ideas

  • Marathon Kids profiles Corpus Christi ISD in Texas and its plan to make youth physical activity a priority for elementary and middle school students both during and after the school day. 
  • Build Our Kids Success (BOKS) shares its Springtime Produce Picks!
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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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