NuPA Newsletter – April 12, 2018
Hello Expanded Learning Professionals,
Did you know, April is Move More Month?! Take a moment to think of ways you can incorporate more physical activity into your daily life and make April your most active month ever. During this month, people across the country are innovating ways to get their communities more physically active. However you decide to stay active this month, spread the word and share with your friends!
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Most of the 2.1 million California children living in poverty are from working families, struggling to meet their basic needs. After school programs support these families by providing healthy foods and a safe place for children to learn and be active while their parents work. Schools and programs serving low-income communities can be reimbursed for providing free After School Meals to all students through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
NRPA is excited to announce the release of nine new training videos, all focusing on different topics designed to make implementing the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards easy. Topics include connecting health and nature, an overview of the USDA Child Nutrition Programs, engaging families, the importance of policies and documentation in out-of-school time programs, fun recipes using Foods of the Month, and quick physical activity breaks out-of-school time sites can use.
Active Schools has created and interactive guide aimed to get parents involved in their child’s physical education and physical activity. Not a parent? That’s ok! This guide is valuable for teachers, individuals, and groups who work with parents, such as physical education teachers, parent/ family engagement staff, principals, PTA/PTOs, and school health/wellness committees. The downloadable guide includes newsletters, bulletin boards, presentations, videos and much more!
Get ‘em while you can! The California Department of Educations Expanded Learning Division, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and RTI International invite you to participate in a survey about nutrition and physical activity at your afterschool site. The first 10 respondents will automatically win a $20 gift card! The fun doesn’t stop there! All survey respondents (regardless of order) will have an opportunity win one of a number of additional $20 gift cards.
All In For Health has created a new informational pamphlet that covers a variety of health care options for you and your family including existing options for undocumented and mixed-status families. It outlines health care rights and protections, and it provides information about accessing care locally. Download the toolkit Know Your Family’s Health Care Rights: and visit the All In For Health website to day for additional information and resources.
It’s fun for the whole family! Alliance for a Healthier Generation has a new relationship with PBS KIDS project PLUM LANDING that combines outdoor exploration, family and community engagement and physical activity! The Outdoor Family Fun with Plum is a free mobile app with activities and resources for families to get their outdoor exploration on in their local communities.
Healthy Schools Campaign and Alliance for a Healthier Generation have released a new guide, Using Needs Assessments to Connect Learning + Health: Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This guide highlights how school needs assessments required by ESSA can be a valuable tool in identifying, understanding and addressing health conditions that contribute to chronic absenteeism and poor academic performance.
Many families rely on out of school time programs to provide their children with enriching activities before and after school. CDC Healthy Schools has added new web content on the out of school time landing page discusses how out of school time learning opportunities support student health and learning. These programs can provide important life, promote well-being and help children establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Visit the CDC webpage today for additional information and resources.
Project Paradigm and the American Red Cross are hosting the annual Paradigm Challenge competition developed by to inspire youth to use STEM skills—as well as kindness, creativity, and collaboration—to improve personal health and make a difference in homes, schools, communities, and the world. The submission deadline is May 1st, 2018.
The Healthier Generation Store with Amazon Business is the first verified online store dedicated to selling products compliant with the USDA Smart Snacks in School Standards. These products can stock school stores and vending machines
CFPA’s 2018 State Legislative Agenda is advancing, and needs your support to make it through committee hearings, to the floor, and ultimately to the Governor’s desk. Below you will find information on how you can show your support for state legislation that will help fight hunger and improve nutrition for Californians struggling to put healthy food on the table. Additional bills and budget requests include: