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

Tips and Resources

  • Build Our Kids' Success (BOKS) has shared a complete list of all the BOKS At-Home resources available for free download.
  • The Afterschool Alliance has compiled examples of how afterschool providers across the country are helping youth and families access meals and foodstay active and eat healthy, and do more for school and community well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research and Policy 

  • Nearly 60 percent of American children do not have healthy cardiorespiratory fitness, a key measure of physical fitness and overall health, according to “Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Youth--An Important Marker of Health,” a new Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association.
  • Salud America! is encouraging people to submit comments to support strong limits on added sugars and no sugary drinks for toddlers in a report that will help shape the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
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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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