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 hosting a Summer Meals Matter Conference Call on "Getting the Word Out About Summer Meals," Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. ET. State agencies, summer programs, and advocates can boost participation by utilizing different strategies for spreading the word about the availability of summer meals to families leading up to summer and once programs begin. On this call you will hear about effective methods and resources to promote programs, raise awareness, and ensure more families are connected to summer meals this year.
  • Salud America is hosting a #SaludTues Tweetchat on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET, on how to increase the availability of and access to healthy food and water for Latino and all families. Follow on Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues. Host: @SaludAmerica Co-hosts: Voices for Health Kids (@Voices4HK), Healthy Schools Campaign (@healthyschools), First 5 LA Parents (@First5LAParents), Sugar Free Kids Maryland (@SugarFreeKidsMD), West Virginia Oral Health Coalition (@WVOHCoalition).

Research and News

  • The Food Research & Action Center has released Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation, its first-ever report on participation in the Afterschool Nutrition Programs, nationally and for each state. The report finds that nearly 1.1 million low-income children benefited from afterschool suppers in October 2016, up from just 200,000 in October 2011.
  • Up2Us Sports shares what AmeriCorps members serving through Up2Us Coach and AmeriCorps VISTA have been able to accomplish during their service terms.
  • It's Time Texas gives us their National Nutrition Month Food Battle Recap. Did broccoli beat asparagus? What about berries vs. citrus?

Resources and Grants


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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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