The latest in our regular roundups of healthy eating and physical activity news from HOST members and others.
- February 25 through March 3 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, so Afterschool Alliance is sharing how afterschool programs can commemorate the event and support youth this week.
- The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is holding its next Afterschool Meals Matter Conference Call on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. ET, on "Developing Your Summer Meals Outreach Plan." They say, "This call will cover ways to partner with schools, advocates, summer program providers, and other partners to develop a marketing plan that can increase the visibility of the program and build participation." Learn more and register.
Reports and Success Stories
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Blog reports on a project that is helping African American congregations in San Diego to incorporate heart health programs--and while many congregants are in their 60s or beyond, many are also the main caretakers of their grandchildren. The project therefore stresses "that prevention begins at an early age, and that these project participants are in a position to influence a younger generation."
- Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center tells us about the early childcare education centers in San Diego that have been named Wellness Champions by the YMCA Childcare Resource Service, becoming "healthy habit role models for the children and families they serve."
- A new report from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, "Investing in Health: Robust Local Active Transportation Financing for Healthy Communities," provides an overview of the key role that active transportation financing can play in developing healthy communities.
- The National Recreation and Park Association has announced the availability of grant funds from the Walmart Foundation to support healthy eating and food access through parks and recreation. The funding will go to 15 grantees via one-year grants of $30,000 to $35,000, so they can build off of existing nutrition efforts, including participation in the USDA child nutrition programs, and implement new, innovative strategies that improve access to healthy foods in diverse communities. Learn more and apply.