NuPA Newsletter – April 27, 2017
Hello Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee Members,
We would like to Congratulate Amira Resnick as the newly elected NuPA Committee Co-chair. Amira is the California Healthy Out-of-School Time Manager with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Amira brings years of experience, passion and a new optimistic energy to the NuPA Committee. Congratulations, Amira!
Our next NuPA Committee Meeting will be:
Tuesday, May 9th
10:00am – 11:30am
Participant Pin: 659628
(agenda to follow)
Thank you for all that you do and we hope you will enjoy another NuPA Newsletter!
If you missed the March NuPA Committee Meeting, never fear! We have recorded the meeting for you.
The California Department of Education – Expanded Learning Division is proud to announce the release of the Distinguished After School Health (DASH) recognition program for expanded learning programs in California. DASH is in it’s 2nd year and recognizes expanded learning programs that are meeting exemplary health education, nutrition, and activity standards. This recognition is based on SB 949 (Jackson) with the support of the State Superintendent of Public Education, Tom Torlakson. Successful candidates will receive a certificate of recognition (valid for two years), and the program’s name will be posted on the ASD website. Applications are due May 15, 2017. Learn more at the ASD After School Education and Safety or 21st Century Community Learning Centers pages or watch the video tutorial from our very own NuPA co-chair, Bruno Marchesi.
Creating Healthier Environments: Strategies and Examples for Afterschool and Summer Programs, Including 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and
Summer Learning for Student Success is a collection of
articles on almost every aspect of afterschool and summer
learning programs. In Section
II. Expanding Skills and Horizons, written by our partners
Crystal Weedall FitzSimons, Director of
School and Out-of-School Time Programs, Food Research and Action
Center and Daniel W. Hatcher,
Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier
Generation, highlight that afterschool and summer
programs “play an important role in improving the health and
nutritional well-being of our nation’s children.” Many kids today
are considered obese, suffer from food insecurity or both.
Afterschool and summer programs are part of the strategy to help
alleviate those challenges. Access the complete article,
Celebrate Healthy Kids Day on April 29th with a YMCA near you! Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families. With 1,900 Ys hosting free Healthy Kids Day events across the country, it’s never been a better time to get up, get out and grow. Click here for more information.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently released a Best Practices Guide, that is designed to meet the needs of park and recreation out-of-school-time (OST) programs. The guide focuses on reducing food waste at all stages of the food service process — from planning, to procurement and ordering, serving, handling and storage of uneaten foods, and disposal.
Free/low-cost nutrition and physical activity resources from our NuPA co-chairs:
- Food & Fun Afterschool assist program staff in providing healthier environments to children during out-of-school time. The curriculum is designed to incorporate lessons and activities about healthy eating and physical activity into regular after school program schedules. Food & Fun Afterschool includes 11 teaching units that encourage healthy behaviors through active play, literacy and math skills development, creative learning, and hands-on snack time activities.
- Fitness Break Video Featuring L.A. Galaxy Star: Active kids = active minds, so get youth moving with this 2-minute fitness break led by L.A. Galaxy star Ema Boateng. This video is easy and fun to play first thing in the morning, after lunch, or even at the end of the day
- Smoothie Recipes – Guaranteed Crowd Pleasers: Smoothies blend together a variety of healthy ingredients to create a tasty treat that kids love! Check out the Smart Food Planner’s latest smoothie recipes, including the Green Monster and Peaches n’ Cream.
- The EatFresh.org Mini Course is an online nutrition education class in English and Spanish, perfect for program staff or motivated parents and community members. To sign up with a group and track participant data, contact Erin Franey: email@example.com.
- New Food Recovery Guide from the LA Food Policy Council, called “Reducing Food Waste: Recovering untapped resources in our food system.” Check out the providers featured in this guide who support nonprofits on a tight budget to access fresh fruits and vegetables. This guide aims to inspire new partnerships, demystify misconceptions about the donation of food and inform policy efforts.
- And always a favorite physical activity resource is Fit Sticks!
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.
The Huffington Post recently released “How To Do A 5-Minute Medication In The Morning.” Research shows that meditation, even 5 minutes of meditation, helps increase self-awareness, lowers stress, and improves concentration. The post walks you through all the steps necessary to start meditating. Click here to learn how to begin meditating and reaping the rewards of meditation.