NuPA Newsletter – September 26, 2016
Hello Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee Members,
We hope you’ll enjoy another issue of the NuPA newsletter. We would like to remind you of the NuPA committee meeting date change below. Thank you for everything you do and we look forward to our October NuPA committee meeting.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service released new guidance to extend the flexibility to allow participants in the at-risk afterschool component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to take certain food items off site, this policy is often referred to as the ”Traveling Apple Policy.”
Register Today for the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Programs 2016 Grantee Orientation
"Building a Foundation for Quality"
The California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division, in partnership with the California AfterSchool Network, will be hosting two, one day Grantee Orientations for After School Education and Safety (ASES) and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grantees. Orientations will take place in Ontario on November 15th and will feature an opening plenary, action planning with your team, and four workshops (Grants 101 and Beyond, Quality Standards: Because Quality Matters, (CQI)2 Continuous Quality Improvement in Action, and Federal Program Monitoring: Where Compliance Meets Quality). Participants are recommended to attend with teams responsible for program oversight and implementation, fiscal management and reporting (e.g., Grant/Fiscal Managers, Program Directors, Site Coordinators, and ASES & 21st CCLC program partners). There is no cost to participate in the orientations and space is limited. Registration is now closed. For any questions or additional information, please contact Zoila Couture.
On October 20, 2016, the Afterschool Alliance will be celebrating their 17th annual Lights on Afterschool. Lights on Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating after school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. Each October, millions of Americans in thousands of communities across the nation celebrate after school programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and helps working families. The Afterschool Alliance provides ideas for your celebration, an event planning kit, and how to engage the media and legislators in your celebration. Make California the number one state in the nation for recorded Lights on Afterschool celebrations. Today is the last day to register your event and still receive the 10 copies of this year’s winning Lights On Afterschool poster. Register your event today!
In July, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition celebrated it’s 60th Anniversary. The Council was established on July 16, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and for 60 years has been working towards improving the health and well-being of millions of children, adults, and families. The council recently joined forces with the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition to commemorate the Council’s 60th anniversary and launched the #0to60 Campaign. #0to60 is “a national public awareness campaign that hopes to inspire Americans to accelerate their journey to leading a healthy, active lifestyle.” To get you inspired and/or your staff to start moving, check out the #0to60 tips and watch the must see video from First Lady Michelle Obama and comedian/actor Nick Offerman in “The History of Exercise.”
The American Heart Association recently released a statement recommending kids ages 2 to 18 years old eat no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars a day. That is about an eight ounce serving of lemonade. Added sugars lurk in foods such as fruit drinks, sports drinks, sweetened waters and teas, energy drinks, and soda and have been identified as the primary source of added sugars in American diets. Preventobesity.net has created a campaign to promote awareness regarding added sugar: Help Stop Sugary Drinks from Hooking Our Kids! As a supporter of the action team, you can help ensure that healthy drinks are accessible and available in places where kids and families spend their time. For more information regarding added sugar, click here.
Edutopia highlighted an interesting middle school trying something new. Fit Lit is Casey Middle School’s (in Boulder, CA, grades 6-8) fitness class combined with a language arts class. Students take a 45-minute fitness class followed by 45 minutes in language arts. Teachers have found that the right amount of movement before an academic class will help students focus and better retain information. Studies show that aerobic exercise boosts our capacity to retain information and the speed at which we take in and rework information. Anaerobic activity affects mood and helps to relieve stress, providing calmness and focus. Whether it’s language arts, math, or science, movement can impact learning in any subject area abilities. The idea behind Casey’s Fit Lit class came from research showing how exercise impacts the brain. Read more about Fit Lit, it’s class structure, types of activities, levels of integration, how they found the right teachers, and student recruitment.
Philly.com’s, Rachel Dehaven, wrote an article clarifying confusing expectations on child activity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. What does 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity mean and how do parents help their children attain it? Moderate to vigorous are terms to explain how hard the body is working during a particular activity. They are activities that have “you moving fast enough to burn off three to six times as much energy per minute as you would be when sitting quietly.” The article goes in depth with how physical activity is scientifically measured. To read more, access the complete article here.
Health Professions Week (HPW), which will take place from September 26–30, is a free event for high school and college students interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. Counselors, advisors and parents are also invited to attend. HPW will include an online treasure hunt, on-campus events and two virtual fairs. Each event provides students with interactive opportunities to explore health-related education programs and careers. Students will learn about 19 health professions, talk directly with current health care practitioners and receive information about the educational requirements for each career. Register now!
The California AfterSchool Network is now connecting expanding learning programs and job seekers. Job openings can be for any level of an out-of-school time program or organization serving youth. Visit our website to post a current job opportunity or check out our job listings today.