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

  • It's Time Texas shares a guest post by Dr. Jeremy Lyon, president of Cooper Youth, The Cooper Institute, on how "Partnerships are the Solution for Improving Children’s Fitness and Health." He writes, "A healthy school culture recognizes that promoting fitness and health is, similarly, a school-wide responsibility and practice. This very idea, that we ALL have responsibility for our children’s fitness and health, is the catalyst for partnership efforts extending far beyond the walls of the school."
  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation offers "Back-to-School Inspiration: 4 Tips from Veteran Sites," with four strategies for creating and sustaining healthy afterschool efforts. Safe Routes to School National Partnership suggests ways schools and parents can increase the number of students who can safely walk or bike to school.
  • No Kid Hungry gives us "Five Things to Know About School Breakfast," noting that one in six kids in the U.S. struggles with hunger, and school breakfast is "a critical way to ensure kids get the consistent nutrition they need to feel better, learn more and grow up strong."
  • Updates to a federal nutrition program for children in early care and education settings will mean healthier meals and snacks for millions of kids across the country without substantial cost increases for providers, according to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, says their Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project.The new standards may also improve the diets of children not served by the program, because many providers would provide more nutritious meals for all children under their care.


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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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