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


  • The 2017 National Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference in New Orleans isn't until September, but it promises to be full of tips and ideas for physical activity. The keynote speaker is Dr. Matt Iseman, host of American Ninja Warrior, the new Celebrity Apprentice, a physician, comedian, actor, and former Princeton baseball pitcher. The conference also debuts an Aquatics Education track for aquatics professionals, and allows attendees to test out playground equipment and other products in the exhibit hall.

Tips and Ideas

  • The Alliance for a Healthier Generation offers three activities to insert into summer staff and volunteer trainings so that staff can become healthy role models.
  • Schools in Miami-Dade County, Florida, have in past years sent home more than 20,000 bags of vegetables and fruits grown in the schools' "food forests" to students" families. Now, they are incorporating these foods into their cafeterias, for farm-to-table dining. (Thanks to the National Farm to School Network for the link.)


  • ChildObesity180 shares findings from a new study that shows "parents overwhelmingly under- or overestimate how many calories to feed their children, and those who made accurate estimates were not confident in their answers." They say, "These findings highlight the need for public health efforts to go beyond the numbers in helping parents make informed choices in restaurants."


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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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