Nutrition and Physical Activity Resources


Site Coordinators: Calculate Your BMI and Daily Energy Needs

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a single number that evaluates an individual’s weight status based on their relation to their height. It is not a diagnostic tool, but a guideline to help track potential weight issues that may lead to cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
This free calculator can help you determine your BMI and estimate your daily energy needs–to promote a healthy lifestyle.


Expanding Opportunities for After School Physical Activity

This policy brief presents recommendations from the Youth Activity Policy (YAP) project funded by Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Regions Healthy Eating Active Living Initiative. The brief examines the neighborhood structures that are already serving youth and assesses how they might become engaged in community health initiatives that strengthen or expand physical activity opportunities for young people. Eight recommendations are outlined for this process.


Organized Sports and the Health of Children and Youth

This Team-Up for Youth report, released in August 2010 shows that organized sports can play a critical role in the overall health and positive development of youth and that there are grave disparities between which kids can access programs and receive the vital benefits they provide. And the disparities are growing.


California After School Physical Activity Guidelines

The intent of the California After School Physical Activity (CASPA) Guidelines is to create high-quality physical activity programs that expand learning opportunities of the regular school day. The CASPA Guidelines can help achieve these goals. The CASPA Guidelines were developed as a result of Education Code Section 8484.8, which required the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop voluntary after school physical activity guidelines for CDE-funded after school programs.


Changing Lives, Saving Lives: Guide to Developing Exemplary Practices in Healthy Eating, Phys Act, and Food Security in A.S.P.s

Changing Lives, Saving Lives: A Step-by-Step Guide to Developing Exemplary Practices in Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Food Security in Afterschool Programs was developed by the Center for Collaborative Solutions. The guide is designed to help program directors, leadership team members, site directors and your partners–in an intentional and systematic way–strengthen your afterschool program to help students develop healthy lifestyle habits.


Network Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee Resource to Connect to Summer Food

At their June 1, 2009 meeting, the California Afterschool Network Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee discussed the possible reduction in summer food sites for youth this summer.  Fearing that the data may not be available illustrating food insecurity among youth until after the summer, the committee decided to take steps to raise awareness and increase access to summer food. The Committee formed a sub-committee that compiled information making the case for summer food and offering resources to connect to or become a summer food site.  This document is found below.


Network Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee information and recommendations on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

The document attached is based on the work of The California Afterschool Network Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee. Through research and discussion they have determined the methods outlined originally outlined by the Afterschool Aliance may provide improved capacity for after school programs in California to address the very real hunger issues facing children and youth in such programs. They also acknowledge that it is possible to increase the role that afterschool can play in addressing the obesity crisis facing our nation and our young people.


Action for Healthy Kids

Taking Action for Healthy Kids: A School Wellness Guide for Students


Wellness Policy Tracking Tool (online under Wellness Policy Tool)


Parent Views on School Wellness Practice: Survey findings from parents of school-aged children that compares what parents believe is happening and what is actually happening in terms of nutrition and physical activity in America’s schools.


Federal resource

White House Childhood Obesity Task Force

TheWhite House Childhood Obesity Task Force released it’s report and action plan aimed at solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. The May 11 report mentions afterschool in several places, and says that “federal, state, and local educational agencies, in partnership with communities and businesses, should work to support programs to extend the school day, including afterschool programs, which offer and enhance physical activity opportunities in their programs.” Read more about the report’s afterschool recommendations on our Afterschool Snack blog.

State resource

CA Public Health Advocacy Organization

The California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that raises awareness about critical public health issues and mobilizes communities to promote the establishment of effective state and local health policies. CCPHA was established in 1999 by California’s two public health associations – SCPHA and CPHA-N. Click here for CCPHA’s 2009 Annual Report.

Federal resource

Trust for America’s Health (TFAH)

Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.

From anthrax to asthma, from chemical terrorism to cancer, America is facing a crisis of epidemics.

As a nation, we are stuck in a “disease du jour” mentality, which means we lose sight of the bigger picture: building a public health defense that is strong enough to cover us from all points of attack – whether the threats are from a bioterrorist or Mother Nature.

State resource

Ohio Action for Healthy Kids

Making Positive Changes in Your School: Parent Guide to Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs Highlights nutrition and physical activity project areas that parents can become involved in and gives a step by step process on how to implement wellness projects in schools.

State resource

Dairy Council of California

Curriculum that is research based, standards based & grade specific for K-12th grade (free)

Extended Day Program for K-6th grade that aligns with Desired Results (free)
Nutrition education programs for parents and adults (free)

On-line Teacher Training Module: go to this website to learn strategies for integrating nutrition into core subjects (free):