U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced final changes to increase access to healthy food choices for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The provisions in this rule require SNAP authorized retail establishments to offer a larger inventory and variety of healthy food options.”This final rule balances the need to improve the healthy staple foods available for purchase at participating stores, while maintaining food access for SNAP recipients in underserved rural and urban areas,” said Vilsack. Access the USDA Final Rule, here.
Last Call! 2017 Out-of-School Time Nutrition Summits
Supporting Healthy, Engaged Kids When School is Out
Out-of-school time presents the 2017 Out-of-School Time Nutrition Summits, a unique opportunity for community leaders to work collaboratively to support the health and development of local youth. USDA out-of-school time nutrition programs create that opportunity by bringing together cities, counties, schools, special districts, faith and community-based organizations, law enforcement, public health and healthcare, local business, and other agencies to work towards the shared goal of a vibrant community. Register for the NorCal Summit taking place January 19, 2017 in Richmond, CA. Register for the SoCal Summit taking place January 24, 2017 in Upland, CA.
The 2017 Childhood Obesity Conference will be held May 30 – June 2, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California! The 9th biennial Childhood Obesity Conference is the nation’s largest, most influential collaboration of professionals dedicated to combating pediatric obesity/overweight. Nearly 2,000 attendees from across the country are expected to attend in 2017. Conference hosts include The California Department of Public Health, California Department of Education, Nutrition Policy Institute UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, The California Endowment, and Kaiser Permanente. Register Now!
The California Food Policy Advocates, in collaboration with the California Endowment, school food service directors, and with expertise from members of the California Local School Wellness Collaborate, recently released new LCAP resources. These resources include nutrition and academic success stories with the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Additional resources are also available to help support districts in meeting their student’s nutritional needs. Access the resources, here.
It’s holiday time, and several HOST members are sharing ways to make the season active and healthy!
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation suggests an addition to your holiday newsletter: tips on encouraging family conversations at mealtime. They cite research from ChildTrends that found eating with parents had a positive influence on adolescents’ nutrition and eating habits.
- It’s Time Texas offers “Our Tips to Have a Healthy Holiday Season!” and tells us “Why You Shouldn’t Gain Weight Over the Break and Resolve to Lose it in the New Year.”
- The American Heart Association has “Top 5 Tips for a Heart-Healthy Holiday Season.”
- Playworks gives us “Fun and easy indoor games for your family!” — ways to stay active when the weather outside is frightful.
The Shopping Mama offers ideas on how you can grow container gardens with kids. Now is the time to start planning for Spring. What better way to have kids learn about gardening than by selecting seeds, nurturing them in a controlled environment and transplanting the seedlings once they are ready for the outdoors. “There are many varieties of fruits and vegetables that can be grown in containers. When purchasing seeds look on the packet, often you will find an icon with a container and a check mark to denote that variety does well in containers. Here are a few easy, fun and healthy plants to grow in your home with a short germination and harvest time.
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.