Health, Wellness, and Safety

In 2015, OregonASK expanded our capacity for our Health, Wellness & Safety (HWS) initiative by recruiting our first Health and Wellness VISTA, who represented the first full-time Network staff devoted to HWS projects. Since then, we completed a survey of out-of-school programs on their current health and wellness practices, we aligned our Summer and HWS work, including the development of a Summer Meals activity toolkit that compiled resources for STEM, literacy, and physical activities that can be paired with Summer Meal service. We also, in partnership with Pacific University and the Woodburn After School Club, developed, piloted, and refined two full years of Wellness and Nutrition curriculum for elementary-aged afterschool programs.

National Afterschool Alliance Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards

Take a look at this free resource that outlines best practices in a variety of standards, including content, curriculum, staff training and social support.

Resources from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Healthy OST Bingo

Get a Jump On Summer

4 Simple Summer Activity Ideas

Undeniably Dairy Virtual Field Trip

Take a virtual field trip at a dairy farm. Students went behind-the-scenes of a modern dairy farm to meet the team members and people responsible for keeping cows comfortable. If you missed it, don’t worry the farmers, veterinarians, nutritionists and cows are waiting for you to view the virtual field trip NOW on-demand! Students will explore dairy’s journey from the farm to the fridge, all the while learning about the technology and problem-solving techniques that make dairy farming possible. You won’t want to miss this “udderly” fantastic virtual field trip!

Click here for a moo perspective on milk!

Content, Curricula and Potential Partners

SPARK After School Program targets all out-of-school physical activity programs with the philosophy: Include ALL youth, actively engage ALL youth, and instill the love of lifelong movement in ALL youth. Years of research and extensive field-testing throughout the country has shown SPARK After School to be effective for children and adolescents ages 5-14.

Playworks believe recess and play can unlock our kids’ superpowers. Our approach connects recess to a positive school experience. Find out more about Playworks Pacific Northwest and how they can help support youth in your program.

Health & Wellness Toolkit
OregonASK and its partners have collaborated to create a Health and Wellness Toolkit. These tools support afterschool programs in providing health and wellness education, activities and opportunities to their students. Click here to check out the Health and Wellness Toolkit for yourself!

Get connected with the Oregon Dairy Council, a nutrition education organization with funding proudly provided by Oregon dairy farm families.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon envisions “an Oregon where everyone is healthy and thriving, with access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food. To
bring that vision into reality, (they) raise awareness about hunger, connect people to nutrition programs, and advocate for systemic changes that end hunger before it begins.”

Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition is a statewide partnership of organizations and individuals working collectively to promote policies and programs that will reduce physical, social and emotional barriers to learning. Their goal is to build supportive funding, leadership and policies on the connections between health and education in order to keep kids safe, healthy, and ready to learn.

Take a look through the Food Research and Action Center’s  Afterschool Nutrition Programs  or Summer Nutrition Program  pages to get inspired and utilize toolkits already assembled.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care includes information on state regulations for child care centers, plus extensive links on specific health and safety issues.

Check out A Nurse’s Guide to First Aid Tips from Regis to learn some of the typical applications of first aid, including CPR, care for common injuries, and how to build a first aid kit.

Have your kids been getting enough play time? This fantastic infographic highlights the importance of getting Your Play On, everyday, especially in the summer months.

A New Collaboration with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Out-of-school time providers play an important role in shaping the health of the next generation and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is dedicated to supporting the staff, families, and youth at sites around the county in their efforts to help young people make healthy life choices. In 2014, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation has announced national collaborations with Boys & Girls Club of America and National Recreation and Park Association—providing their staff the process, tools and resources needed to increase access to healthier foods and physical activity and empower the young people they serve to develop lifelong, healthy habits.

Building on this momentum, OregonASK is excited to announce a new collaboration with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to encourage before, after and summer programs across the state to utilize the Alliance’s Healthy Out-of-School Time Framework. Any out-of-school time provider can utilize the Alliance’s Healthy Out-of-School Time (HOST) Framework, a science-based framework that helps programs create environments where youth are encouraged to eat healthier and move more. The HOST Framework is built upon the National Afterschool Association Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.

The Alliance started piloting their work in out-of-school time in 2011, a natural expansion of their success already in the school environment—where they now support more than 20,000 schools across the United States. Working in eight communities, the Alliance currently supports more than 360 out-of-school time providers in their efforts to create healthier conditions. These new partnerships with BGCA and NRPA will now expand their reach to more than 5 million young people.

Learn more about how you can serve healthier foods, increase physical activity and engage young people in your health and wellness work. Visit