Training Videos Available for Out-of-School Time Leaders
Learn more about Commit to Health! Use these training videos to get a better idea of what park and recreation agencies are doing around the country. Hear from Commit to Health agencies about their successes and challenges, gain a better understanding of each of the HEPA standards and formulate a plan for implementing NRPA’s Foods of the Month nutrition education curriculum in your out-of-school time sites.
NRPA’s Commit to Health Poster
You asked and we listened! We created this poster featuring all of the HEPA standards so you can promote the great work you are doing at your park and recreation sites!
This poster can be used in a number of ways to engage your community:
- Print out the poster and hang it up in any and all of your facilities
- Give it to your mayor or town council to hang in their offices
- Share it with community partners to raise awareness
- Take pictures with it and send to Allison Colman at NRPA
- Hang it ALL OVER YOUR COMMUNITY!
As always, we love to see how you use the poster and other materials so take lots of pictures and videos and share them with us on social media using #CommittoHealth.
After You've Taken the Pledge:
Completing Your Healthy Out-of-School Time Assessment
The Healthy Out-of-School Time Assessment serves two vital purposes—it provides you
with a baseline measurement of your health and wellness policies, demographics,
and program offerings, and it helps you to set goals and create your action plan
for implementation of the HEPA standards at your site. The assessment can
be updated throughout your journey to record your successes and continue to
evaluate your community’s needs. After you've pledged your site make sure you complete the assessment!
Use this new website tutorial that illustrates just how easy it is to complete the assessment:Alliance
Website Tutorial. You can also use this opportunity to add items to your action plan, creating a virtual to-do list with specific steps to complete for each of your Commit to Health sites.
Documenting Your Success:
Healthy Eating Snack Menus
Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation recently produced HEPA compliant snack menus. This is a great example of a snack menu meeting the healthy eating standards and can be used as a communication tool to engage parents. We encourage you to use these menus as a model and create your own out-of-school time healthy eating menus! Share your resources with us on social media using #CommittoHealth.
Need to create your own Healthy Eating Snack Menu? Use this great new template from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation!
Use this new template for guidance on what items to include in program schedule materials. Track snack time, physical activity time, program rules and policies and family engagement components.
Using State Laws & Regulations to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Afterschool Programs
RTI International recently released a report on using state-level policy to promote the implementation of the Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) standards. The report contains expert interviews, examples of current policies, state-based case studies and recommendations for shaping policy. The full report is available here.
New Resources from Coaching Healthy Habits
NRPA is working
with Healthy Kids Out Of School, an
initiative of ChildObesity180 at
Tufts University, to provide resources and tools for healthy youth sports. Check out some of these great resources:
- Use the Coaching Healthy Habits training
video with all of your youth sports coaches. This short training highlights simple ways coaches can promote
healthy habits at their next practice.
- You can distribute educational materials to coaches and parents. Visit www.coachinghealthyhabits.org to find snack lists, tips on
hydration, and more free resources.
- Looking for ways to keep your concession stand healthy? Create
a healthy concession stand using the simple steps from the “Healthy Concession Stands”
SPARK After School Program
The SPARK After School program applies the lessons learned from rigorous research and subsequent field-testing in the "real-world." SPARK After School is designed to provide children and adolescents ages 5-14 with inclusive, highly active movement opportunities that foster social and motor development while maximizing time spent in the MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity) and fitness pursuits. The program includes three components: research-based curriculum that provides hundreds of easy-to-teach activities; content-matched Sportime equipment that is age-appropriate and hand-selected by experts to provide physical activity opportunities; and professional development training, delivered onsite or online.
Learn more about SPARK curriculum and training here and purchase Sportime equipment here.
Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow
The Office of Adolescent Health at the Department of Health and Human Services recently produced Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG) 2015 Playbook, a call to action to promote the health of America's 42 million adolescents. Use this resource to engage adolescents in healthier behaviors in your communities.
Access the playbook here: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/tag/playbook.pdf
Energy Balance 101: Enrichment Zone
FREE resources bring energy balance to clubs, camps, meetings and more. Fun and flexible, Enrichment Zone helps kids develop an active, healthy lifestyle.
Learn more about the program at: http://www.togethercounts.com/at-home/enrichment-zone
Healthy Snacks and Lunchbox Challenge
The Challenge is a fun and exciting way to help summer day camp providers improve the types of foods and beverages children bring for snacks and lunch. The Challenge focuses on encouraging children and their parents to pack daily Fruits and Vegetables for snacks and lunch and Water to drink – consistent with the National Afterschool Associations Healthy Eating Standards. The Challenge offers points to groups of children, either based on grade level or staffer-to-child ratio, for bringing a Fruit, Vegetable, or Water to the camp. Points are tallied each Monday through Thursday, with the winner announced on Friday. Groups with the most points receive an award designated by the summer camp. Examples of awards are: the Golden Lunchbox (lunch pail painted gold), extra swim time, holding the spirit stick, and t-shirts.
Please send success stories and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!®
Media-Smart Youth is an interactive program that helps young people ages 11 to 13 better understand the complex media world around them and how it can influence their health. Developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the free Media-Smart Youth curriculum includes 10 lessons that combine media literacy and youth development principles with federal recommendations about nutrition and physical activity. Local parks and recreation agencies may be interested in implementing Media-Smart Youth to supplement existing out-of-school programming or in partnership with local schools or youth-serving organizations. The NIH offers free program materials and technical assistance to help sites successfully implement the program. Learn more about the program at: www.nichd.nih.gov/msy.
Please send questions and success stories to MediaSmartYouth@mail.nih.gov, or call 1-800-370-2943.
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