kids runningSummer is here, and HOST members are ready with a variety of healthy eating and physical activity tips, actions, and information.

  • The National League of Cities shares key steps city leaders can take to support summer meal programs.
  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation offers "5 Ways to Engage New Community Partners in Summer Meals."
  • June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, and the American Heart Association is partnering with Fresh Avocados — Love One Today, a project of the Hass Avocado Board, to share tips and recipes.
  • BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success) is also celebrating the month with some ideas for seasonal fruits and healthy drinks.
  • No Kid Hungry shares "Three Things To Know About Summer Meals" and summer hunger, and offers sobering information such as the fact that last year, "only about 16 percent of the kids who rely on free/reduced meals during the school year were getting meals in the summer."
  • San Antonio is the first U.S. city to conduct a citywide scavenger hunt for free health, wellness, and physical activity events. SaludToday explains the details and origins of this Fit Pass program, which runs from June through July.
  • The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) has released its annual "Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report," which finds that after four years of significant growth, national participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs decreased last summer, serving three million children across the country in July 2016, down 4.8 percent from the previous summer. Despite the overall downturn, 22 states increased participation, with eight growing 10 percent or more, "largely as a result of strong outreach efforts by state agencies and partner organizations."

    "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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