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


Upcoming Events

  • FRAC's Summer Meals Matter — Evaluating and Recognizing Quality Summer Nutrition Programs, Thursday, August 4, 1 p.m. ET. Learn from sponsors and anti-hunger advocates about ways to evaluate the Summer Nutrition Program sites in your area, identify high-quality sites, recognize them for their work, and identify areas for improvement for the following year.
  • Share Our Strength Webinar: Start the School Year Right With Innovative Approaches to Afterschool Meals, Tuesday, August 9, 2 p.m. ET. This webinar, in partnership with Tyson Foods, Inc., will cover new data analysis on afterschool meals as well as practices to implement a strong Afterschool Meals Program. You will also hear from school nutrition directors with experience running the Afterschool Meal Program.

Policy and Politics 

  • The Food Research and Action Center suggests organizing a summer meals site visit for your members of Congress.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced four final rules that implement provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The rules will ensure that children have access to healthy snacks and that nutrition standards for the foods marketed and served in schools are consistent, and will promote integrity across school meals programs.

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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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