This special issue of New Directions for Youth Development, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National AfterSchool Association and edited by Jean Wiecha (RTI International) and Georgia Hall (NIOST), presents ideas and information that support the needs of professionals and programs in the OST field working to provide healthy environments and experiences for children and youth.
Here are a range of research studies that can inform and shape current discussion of best policies and practices to support child and youth wellness. The body of work presented in this issue adds considerably to our knowledge of healthy eating and physical activity interventions in the OST programs, and highlights the substantial contribution towards childhood obesity prevention that we envision from our field.
- Executive Summary
- Editor's Notes
- 4-H Healthy Living Programs with Impact: A National Environmental Scan
- Concerns in Measurement of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards Implementation
- Creating Healthier Afterschool Environments in the Healthy Eating Active Communities Program
- Effects of a Competency-Based Professional Development Training on Children's Physical Activity and Staff Physical Activity Promotion in Summer Day Camps
- Impact of Implementation Factors on Children's Water Consumption in the Out-of-School Nutrition and Physical Activity Group-Randomized Trial. The Implementation Factors on Children's Water Consumption study was supported by: the Donald and Sue Pritzker Nutrition and Fitness Initiative, Cooperative Agreement 1U48DP001946 (including NOPPREN) from the CDC Prevention Research Centers Program, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (No. 66284), grant 3U01AG027669-S1, and K05CA124415. This work is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not represent the offıcial views of the CDC.
- Evidence-Based Fitness Promotion in an Afterschool Setting: Implementation Fidelity and its Policy Implications
- Active Summers Matter: Evaluation of a Community-Based Summertime Program Targeting Obesogenic Behaviors of Low-Income, Ethnic Minority Girls