The healthy-out-of-school time framework describes standards and practices for out-of-school time environments put in place to help fight the childhood obesity epidemic. Their goal is to improve the eating habits and increase physical activity opportunities for youth by creating environments that encourage these changes.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation also provides web based information regarding healthy eating and physical activity for children and teens. They believe in the importance of children being well nourished in order to perform well in academics and being physically active. The out-of-school time serves as a great opportunity to introduce healthy food and beverage choices to teach positive eating behaviors for life.
The USDA will launch it’s new Smart Snack standards that will take effect in schools across the country beginning July 2014. The standards are designed to exchange unhealthy food options with healthier snacks and beverages for children and teens. More info about the changes that are to take effect can be viewed by clicking on the Smart Snacks info graph.
ChooseMyPlate.gov is the USDA’s website for Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion. It holds a wealth of nutrition and physical activity resources for people of all ages. This is a great website for parents to use to help teach their kids how to live happy, healthy lifestyles and it has fun games and activities for kids to complete.
This report encompasses a collection of initiatives that are hosted by organizations promoting the healthy development of children and youth during the out-of-school time hours. The goal is to provide promising approaches to increasing physical activity experiences for children during out-of-school time hours.
CANFIT’s distinctive approach encourages children to be participants in policy making for the community. CANFIT’s goal is to provide healthy eating and physical activity resources to low income populations of primarily African Americans, Hispanic, and American Indian, and other minority descent. CANFIT encourages policy makers create policies that are adaptable to all cultures.
Food and Fun After School (© President and Fellows of Harvard College and YMCA of the USA) is a curriculum designed to develop healthy habits out of school time. Eleven teaching units help programs infuse healthy snacks and recipes, physically active games, and creative learning activities into regular program schedules.