Interested in making your child’s after school environment healthier? See how your after-school program can sign up for OSNAP.
OSNAP works with after-school and summer programs to establish and expand healthy food, beverage physical activity and screen reduction time practices and policies. This support is provided through a series of three Learning Community training sessions. Participating programs apply what they learn in the training, work with OSNAP staff throughout the school year and network with other OST programs on successful strategies being used in Boston through the Learning Community. Additionally, they receive skill-based training on examining their own nutrition and physical activity environments, practices and policies, as well as free evidence-based curriculum and resources to support making healthy changes during their programs.
Join the Boston community in celebrating the opening of the Woolson Street Community Garden this Saturday!
This project was featured in this past year’s Leaders in Health Community Training Program, by cohort member Mirlande Joseph.
More information about the garden’s development can be found here.
Check out Dr. Steve Gortmaker’s Food Revolution Day guest blog on the importance of getting kids excited about healthy eating and living, and the work the HPRC is doing to create tools for change:
Getting kids excited about food and nutrition is going to be crucial to the success of a food revolution. Kids need to be interested in and excited about ways to get healthy if they’re going to maintain those habits in the long term, and they need the environments in which they spend their time to support healthier eating and more exercise.
The home is a key environment for teaching healthy habits, but it is just one of the many spaces in which children spend their time. From preschools and schools to organized sports, after-school programs, and summer camps, healthy eating and physical activity must also be integrated into the places where children learn and play—but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case…continue reading on Food Revolution Day
Congratulations to the 2014 cohort for their successful completion of the Leaders in Health Community Training Program!
Specific details about these participant’s individual projects will be posted soon.
Leaders in Health works to build the capacity of our community partners by providing participants with an introduction to the fundamentals of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention among children and youth.
Across Massachusetts, communities are searching for ways to help residents live active and healthy lives.
The Massachusetts Joint Use Toolkit is a how-to guide for community members seeking to access public buildings and spaces afterhours so residents can exercise and engage in other recreational activities. This Toolkit helps communities maximize the use of schools, playgrounds, parks, libraries, and town halls, by offering children and their families a safe, familiar place to get fit. The Toolkit describes the process of sharing space from A to Z; it addresses location, funding, safety, and liability, and provides a Model Joint Use Agreement that communities can use to safely open unused spaces to the public.
More about the toolkit and joint use project.
Application due February 14, 2014
Leaders in Health community training program is currently seeking applications from community members who are striving to improve nutrition and physical activity in Boston and surrounding communities.
Now in its 4th year, the program’s goal is to build the capacity of our community partners by providing participants with an introduction to the fundamentals of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention among children and youth. Individuals who are currently involved with a nutrition- or physical activity-related program or project (on either a work or volunteer basis) are eligible to apply. Participants will attend interactive training sessions, complete assignments, and receive support to create an action plan to enhance their current work.