kids on playground 250The latest in our regular roundups of healthy eating and physical activity news from HOST members and others.


  • Register now for the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, March 5 to 7, 2017, in Washington, DC, co-sponsored by the Food Research & Action Center and Feeding America in cooperation with the National CACFP Forum.

Success Stories

  • Gage Elementary School in Rochester, Minnesota used a grant from Action for Healthy Kids, in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed), to support physical activity and nutrition initiatives and create and expand a dedicated school health team.
  • Afterschool Alliance shares a guest post from its Afterschool Ambassador Beth Wyant, program coordinator of the afterschool program of the Northwest Community Action Center, a division of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. Wyant explains how an outdoor education grant will help them continue to follow NAA HEPA Standards and help them teach students habits of fitness for a lifetime.
  • It's Time Texas offers insight on healthy out-of-school time from Angel Toscano, their Teach Healthier After School manager, who has worked for them for eight years and oversees the implementation of Teach Healthier After School at nearly 30 Title I Austin area schools.

Tips and Ideas


  • A new national survey of registered voters by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health has found that nearly three-quarters (73%) of Americans support increasing investments to improve the health of communities. Additionally, 74 percent highly support providing enough time—during the school day and afterschool—for kids’ physical education, physical activity or community sports, and 65 percent highly support providing kids with more information on making healthy food choices and being physically active.
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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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