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


  • The Food Research & Action Center's next Summer Meals Matter Conference Call is on "Keeping Participation Up All Summer," May 3, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. ET. Learn about ways to maintain momentum during the summer, such as planning inclusive family and community events.
  • It's Time Texas invites Texans to "Sweat Healthier" during Healthy Texas Week, May 7 to 13.
  • The National League of Cities (NLC) is bringing 14 cities to Kansas City, Missouri, in late May to participate in the CHAMPS Cities Combating Hunger Leadership Academy, The cities were chosen because of their commitment to reduce hunger and strengthen or expand afterschool or summer meal programs, and their potential to develop strong citywide campaigns to address hunger. They will become eligible for grants and technical assistance to meet their goals.
  • Park and Recreation Month isn't until July, but you can start planning now with these resources from the National Recreation and Park Association.

Tips and Inspiration

  • Salud America! shares the story of personal trainer Paul Rezaei, who has been helping his San Antonio community get fit by launching Work Out, Help Out. The nonprofit hosts volunteer community service events, where a personal trainer also provides physical activity “breaks” for volunteers.
  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation shares ways to brainstorm ideas on fun and effective healthy eating and physical activity ideas for the summer.
  • The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), along with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), has awarded grants to 12 cities to support city planning efforts that help increase access to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk.
  • Build Our Kids' Success' "Play of the Day" is the "Squat Jump Tabata."
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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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