Healthy After School Programs

Afterschool programs play a key role in the health and well-being of children through activities that encourage healthy behaviors, a healthy environment that includes a healthy snack or meal, and a focus on parental involvement to reinforce healthy behaviors at home.
  • What’s New in Healthy Afterschools! – News, Events, and Grants
  • Resources for a Healthy After-school Environment
  • Nutrition, Physical Activity and Hands-on Food Resources
  • Parent Outreach Resources –English and Spanish

What’s New in Healthy Afterschools!

Afterschool Meals Matter- Organizing an Afterschool Meal Summit
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm CST

Afterschool Meal Summits build momentum and awareness for the Afterschool Meal Program. This conference call will provide a platform for the afterschool community to share information and resources while garnering new ideas. Hear from organizers who coordinated successful summits in Missouri and New Jersey.  Click here to RSVP.

Saucony Run for Good Grant
Deadline: December 13, 2011
To encourage active and healthy lifestyles in children through increased participation in running. Up to $10,000 in funds are available.

‘I Can Grow’ Youth Garden Awards/Burpee Home Gardens
Deadline: December 23, 2011
Support urban school and community gardens across the United States.  Schools, youth groups, community centers, public garden organizations, and others interested in supporting urban youth garden installations are eligible to apply. Two grand-prize winners will be awarded a spring garden installation and kick-off gardening event
Click here for more information.

CATCH Kids Club for Middle Schoolers!CATCH has created an After-School Nutrition and Physical Activity program for older kids (Grades 5-8) to meet teachers’ requests. The program builds healthy nutrition knowledge and promotes healthy eating habits. Topics include: Bone Health, Smart Snacking, Screen Time, Beverage Choices, and Fast Food. Uses MYPLATE references and has parent tip sheets in English and Spanish.

Good Sports Equipment Grant – sports equipment, apparel, and footwear for youth organizations offering sports, fitness and recreational programs to youth in need.


Resources for a Healthy Afterschool Environment

Afterschool Child Nutrition Resources

Afterschool Care Snacks Program Fact Sheet A handy document that provides information on requirements, reimbursement and eligibility, as well as afterschool snack menu ideas.

Federal Child Nutrition Assistance Programs

Afterschool Care Snacks Program

Child and Adult Care Food Program

Afterschool Snacking ToolkitA toolkit from the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and Kraft Foodservice that provides everything you need to know to start a new afterschool snack service – or to enhance your existing afterschool snack offerings. Available to SNA members only.

Snack Sense  – A menu planning tool adapted by ILNET to provide fun, healthy, and budget-friendly snacks for children in afterschool and out-of-school time programs.

FRAC Webinar – What You Need to Know About Afterschool Meals

Policy and Afterschool Programs

CANFIT : 99 Ways to Make Your After-School Program Even Healthier

Afterschool and Health: Opportunities for Advocacy A toolkit from the Afterschool Alliance that provides an overview of the Local Wellness Policy requirements and shows how to build on existing relationships with students, schools, parents and the community to advance student-health-promotion initiatives.

llinois NET School Wellness Policy Resources Free resources, toolkits and information about creating, implementing and evaluating a local wellness policy

NEW! National Afterschool Association Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Out-of-School time Programs, National Institute on Out-of-School Time

Strategic Alliance: ENACT A hands-on assessment and planning tool for organizations, coalitions, and communities interested in improving their nutrition and physical activity environments


Nutrition, Physical Activity and Hands-on Food Resources

Teaching Kids to Eat Healthy and Get Moving Afterschool – A resource to assist afterschool programs in planning and implementing activities that support healthy behaviors.

Healthy Afterschool Program and Resource Chart – This handy reference chart has over 30 nutrition education and physical activity programs and resources and makes it easy to find the right one for your afterschool program. Includes hands-on food activities, gardening activities, and ways to incorporate nutrition and fitness into core subjects.

Let’s Move! The initiative by First Lady Michelle Obama to address the obesity issue in America. Here are two Let’s Move! resources for Afterschool.

EmpowerME4Life Afterschool Curriculum – an 8-session healthy living course to equip kids ages 8-12 with new attitudes, skills and knowledge about eating better and moving more. The lessons focus on getting active, drinking healthy beverages, eating more fruits and vegetables, limiting screen time and getting more sleep.

Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge – You can access the 340 healthy recipes submitted and use them to teach kids about healthy eating.

CANFIT (Communities, Adolescents, Nutrition and Fitness): Eating right and physical activity resources and downloads for afterschool programs

Fun, interactive nutrition education activities you can try TODAY!

MyPyramid Amounts of Food-FOR YOU (PDF) – Teach tweens and teens how to find the right portion sizes for their age.(Grades 6-12)

MyPlate for Kids – Games, worksheets, activities and other materials to teach kids about the principles of the MyPyramid. (Grades K-12)

Nutrition Fact Cards – Mock food labels that you can use to teach older kids how to read food labels.  (Grades 6-12)

Afterschool Junior Chef Club– A “cookbook” full of games, healthy facts, cooking tips and healthy recipes. Start a cooking club in your afterschool program!


Parent Outreach Resources

Eat Smart. Play Hard.™ Healthy Lifestyle! – Teaches parents and caregivers how to eat better, be more physically active and be a role model for their kids. Includes reproducible fact sheets with healthy eating and menu tip, and healthy recipes. English and Spanish

Food and Family Handbook – A handbook to engage parents in reinforcing healthy behaviors at home. Reproducible handouts contain easy-to-understand information on healthy eating and physical activity that you can send home. English and Spanish

Nibbles for Health – A reproducible newsletter you can send home to parents of young children. It contains easy-to-read, practical, and empowering messages about healthful eating and active living.

Pack a Snack Box – A reproducible fact sheet for parents on how to create a snack box and teach their kids to choose healthy snacks.

Pick A Better Snack and ACT– a toolkit to help families increase the amount of fruits and vegetables their kids eat. Includes family newsletters(English and Spanish), recipe cards, monthly lessons, games and posters.

Twenty Ways to Become a Fitter Family – a reproducible refrigerator checklist for families with a list of twenty tips for practicing healthy habits.

More parent-oriented web resources that focus on family nutrition, physical activity and healthy living.




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