kids on playscape 600The latest in our regular roundups of healthy eating and physical activity news from HOST members and others.

News and Events

  • The Centers for Disease Control's latest Healthy Schools Highlights newsletter showcased the CDC's new content on out-of-school time, touting its positive impact on student health and learning, and the importance of the National AfterSchool Association's Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards, developed by HOST.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America is receiving $1 million of the Black Panther movie proceeds from Disney to advance their STEM learning initiatives in inner city centers. In the movie, the fictional African country of Wakanda has the world's most advanced technology, with its innovations led by Shuri, sister of King T'Challa.
  • The Food Research and Action Center is hosting a conference call on "Streamlining and Simplifying the Afterschool Meal Program," March 15, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. ET. Register here.

Successes and Awards

  • The Afterschool Alliance profiles two schools in Washington State that are using afterschool programs to feed kids struggling with hunger and food insecurity.
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced the 10 communities chosen as finalists for the RWJF Culture of Health Prize, recognizing "communities that come together around a shared vision to ensure that better health flourishes for everyone."
  • Applications are now open for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's National Healthy Schools Award.

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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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