HOST HEPA Roundup, November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016

kids on playscapeThe latest in our regular roundups of healthy eating and physical activity news from HOST members and others. Success Stories A grant from the Chicago Cubs' Cubs Charities helped Action for Healthy Kids work with eight Chicago Public Schools and nearly 3,400 students to hold one-mile fun runs/walks. Many also offered healthy snacks for runners and some coupled the runs with school-wide health fairs for students and families. The Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts, profiles James A. Cawood Elementary School in Kentucky, where more than 8 in 10 students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. A kitchen equipment grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a new combi oven has helped improve the quality and efficiency of food preparation, which in turn has helped boost academic performance. Share Our Strength reports on how Salk Elementary School in Mesa, Arizona, worked with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program to pilot a breakfast in the classroom program. The National League of Cities recognized more than 30 cities and counties, and three local leaders, for their efforts to improve nutrition and increase physical activity in their communities through Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties, a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative. Alliance for a Healthier Generation has compiled "15 Inspiring Local Stories from 2016" on the power of healthy out-of-school time. Research Youth Today writes of a new report from the Center for Promise showing how fear and stress can be obstacles to health for youth of color.

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    – 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

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    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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