kidsrunningThe 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.

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  • 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.

    "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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