The OSNAP Online Learning Community brings together afterschool staff to work through the process of making practice, policy, and environmental changes in their programs.
Join afterschool and out-of-school time programs from across the country to improve children’s physical activity, nutrition, and screen time habits in your program!
The interactive platform features forums for participation in online discussions, lessons, tips, and resources for making improvments to your program, as well as access to research-tested tools to evaluate your progress.
To sign up and start learning how to promote nutrition and physical activity in your out of school time program, contact OSNAP Project Manager Katie Giles at firstname.lastname@example.org
The OSNAP Online Learning Community works best on Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers. Don’t have either of them? Download here:
Keep it Flowing: A Practical Guide to School Drinking Water Planning, Maintenance & Repair, addresses the practical side of drinking water in schools by outlining the steps needed to provide adequate numbers of properly maintained drinking fountains and tap water dispensers in school buildings.
It is designed for the people who make our nation’s schools run day-in and day-out, including those within state and tribal agencies and organizations, districts, school boards and local education authorities and schools.
Feedback on the guide is welcome, so please send any suggestions or questions to Angie Cradock (email@example.com).
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.
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
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.
The recent launch of First Lady Michelle Obama’s and Partnership for a Healthier America’s “Drink Up” campaign has made H2O a focus of national conversation.
Water access and consumption is one of HPRC’s five identified key targets for obesity prevention. From the national down to the local level, we have plenty of resources to contribute to the discussion:
Out of School Time Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative (OSNAP) Resources:
NOPREN Water Access Working Group
The Water Access working group focuses on policies and economic issues regarding free and safe water access.
Cradock AL, Wilking C, Olliges S, Gortmaker G. Getting Back on Tap: The Policy Context and Cost of Ensuring Access to Low-Cost Drinking Water in Massachusetts Schools. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Sep;43(3 Suppl 2):S95-101.
Giles CM, Kenney EL, Gortmaker SL, Lee RM, Thayer JC, Mont-Ferguson H, Cradock AL. Increasing Water Availability During Afterschool Snack: Evidence, Strategies, and Partnerships from a Group Randomized Trial. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Sep;43(3 Suppl 2):S136-42.
Started from the Quabbin: The Story of Boston’s Tap Water
Ever wondered where tap water comes from and how it gets to your faucet?
Test the Tap
Boston’s tap water goes head to head with bottled water in this blind taste test.