You are cordially invited to the brightest party around: please join Afterschool Alliance for Lights On Afterschool!
You are cordially invited to the brightest party around: please join Afterschool Alliance for Lights On Afterschool!
The Bristol Public Library is a proud participant of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative, which provides free online resources to help out-of-school programs encourage and support kids to eat healthier and move more.
Results from the 2017 YRBS are in! The YRBS examines overall trends in 121 health-related behaviors of students in grades 9-12 plus obesity, overweight, and asthma.
Nearly 1.1 million low-income children benefited from federally-supported afterschool suppers in October 2016. For many low-income children, the suppers offered at afterschool programs through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program help stave off hunger until they eat a school breakfast the next day.
Check out the new resources that have been developed to support your work to make every day healthier for all children!
At the beginning of each year, most of us set personal goals that we would like to accomplish. Although the list of New Year’s resolutions varies from person to person, eating better and exercising more are two of the most popular resolutions we make.
We are excited to share our newest resource with you! Voices for Healthy Kids is constantly working to provide the best tools to help drive change in communities across the country.
In 1994, in Washington, D.C., a former school teacher, Julie Kennedy, began an afterschool soccer program for 15 girls who had little to do after their school days. Kennedy soon realized that the team relationships the girls built on the field translated well to other activities they could pursue during their afterschool time, such as slam poetry and community service.
Most children in America consume far too much sugar, which can lead to hyperactivity and increase risk factors for disease later in life. But at Sonora Elementary and Sonora Middle School, both kids and staff know that healthy snacks are IN and sugary candy is OUT during afterschool time. What’s behind the change?
Learn about this healthy out-of-school time success, and see how you can implement something similar in your neighborhood!
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They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
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Their primary focus is working on individual behavior (e.g., teaching kids about food, play, etc.), but they have access to organizations that could provide opportunities to change environments, such as
Public Health Agencies
Their project is commercial, but contributes positively to changing policies and environments, such as:
2. Applicant is organizing others or contributing to organizing efforts
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They provide support to organizations or leaders doing work changing policies and environments, such as:
They are a leader in a governmental body that may be the target of organizing efforts to change policies and environments, such as a:
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Mayor or other local executive office
Federal, state, county or local public health department
Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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