kids stretchingThe latest in our regular roundups of healthy eating and physical activity news from HOST members and others.



  • Join the Food Research & Action Center for a webinar on "Supporting CEP [Community Eligibility Provision] with Breakfast After the Bell," May 14, 3:00 p.m. ET. Learn more and register.


  • Voices for Healthy Kids, a five-year-old initiative of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that focuses on promoting health equity and building a culture of health, has published its 2018 Progress Report.

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  • Kentucky has become the first state to require water bottle filling stations for all newly constructed schools and school modernization projects, reports Voices for Healthy Kids, which also notes that "students who go to schools that have drinking water dispensers may be more likely to be at a healthy weight."
  • Afya Public Charter School in Baltimore, MD was honored in 2018 as one of America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Learn how students there benefit from at least 60 minutes of physical education per week—combined with other opportunities to move before, during, and after school.
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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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