Wellness and Nutrition

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

Summer Meals

It’s never too early to start planning for your summer meal service! Check out the newsletter below for suggested to-do’s for March and visit the Summer Meals Oregon website for more information about summer food in our state.

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Content, Curricula and Potential Partners

W/N: Wellness and Nutrition
W/N Includes 8 Units of Curriculum, each consisting of 9 weeks of lesson plans on physical, emotional, and social health, including hands on and activities, games, and fun interactive lessons like planting from seeds, creating cookbooks, and learning about the heart healthy play. This curriculum is designed for students grades k-5.

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 and Afterschool Curriculum. These tools support afterschool programs in providing health and wellness education, activities and opportunities to their students. The Health and Wellness Curriculum has been piloted at the Woodburn After School Program since 2014. 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 federal food and nutrition programs 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.

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 healthiergeneration.org.