Nutrition & Physical Activity Research Projects in Out of School Time Settings
The Out of School Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative (OSNAP) works with out of school time programs to improve nutrition and physical activity-related practices, environments, and policies. With our community partners, OSNAP seeks to identify and support sustainable policy and environmental strategies that promote increased access to healthy snacks and opportunities for physical activity that can be used in a variety of out of school time settings.
Food and Fun Afterschool is a curriculum designed to develop healthy habits during out of school time. Eleven teaching units help programs infuse healthy snacks and recipes, physically active games, and creative learning activities into regular program schedules. Each unit includes supportive parent handouts, newsletters, and e-mails to reinforce the Food & Fun messages.
Past Nutrition & Physical Activity Research Projects in Out of School Time Settings
This project aimed to help afterschool programs and child care providers create healthy environments for children. The HPRC conducted a quasi-experimental evaluation of a YMCA-driven intervention focused on nutrition and physical activity practice changes in 32 afterschool programs across the country. The program was implemented via an organizational change model, and participating sites utilized the Food & Fun curriculum developed by the HPRC in partnership with the YMCA of the USA.