In a recent interview with the Harvard Gazette, Dr. Steve Gortmaker discussed screen time, obesity, and our Outsmarting the Smart Screens guide for parents: First there was too much TV, then computer and video-gaming addictions. Today, the proliferation of smart screens gives kids a three-in-one box, portable enough to be watched from anywhere, out of sight of … Continue reading “Keeping an eye on screen time – An interview with Dr. Gortmaker”
The REACH Project’s Healthy Beverage & Sodium Reduction Initiative works with organizations across the city of Boston to promote adoption of voluntary policies and practices that will increase access to healthy beverages and low sodium foods.
New tools and resources from the PRC to help limit children’s screen time. We frequently hear from parents about the challenges of limiting the amount of time children spend in front of the television, computers, video games, smartphones, and tablets. Technology can be educational and fun. But, children are spending more and more time in … Continue reading “Outsmarting the Smart Screens!”
An HPRC study increases children’s water intake during snack time with stronger effects for programs with kitchens, low child-to-staff ratios, experienced directors, and improved school support.
An HPRC study found that the Out-of-School Nutrition and Physical Activity Observational Practice Assessment Tool (OSNAP-OPAT) can assist researchers and practitioners in validly assessing nutrition and physical activity environments and behaviors in afterschool settings.
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!
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 … Continue reading “Keep it Flowing: A Practical Guide to School Drinking Water Planning, Maintenance & Repair”
Interested in making your child’s after school environment healthier? See how your after-school program can sign up for OSNAP.
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:
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, … Continue reading “Helping Kids and Communities Be Healthy and Active”