Health & Wellness Resources

Out of school time programs support health in many different ways by providing access to nutritious foods, promoting lifelong healthy habits, and keeping students physically fit. Access the resource pages below for promising practices, resource libraries, data and research, free curriculum ideas and so much more!

Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Works with schools, youth-serving organizations, businesses, and communities to empower kids to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health.

California Healthy Kids Resource Center
Provides assistance to school districts and county offices of education as a source of comprehensive information about health-related research and instructional materials to support effective programs for students.


A Field Guide for Creating Integrated, School-Based Systems of Care

Two students looking up with constellation graphics around them

CAN is a proud contributor to WestEd’s newly released guide - Supporting California’s Children Through a Whole Child Approach: A Field Guide for Creating Integrated, School-Based Systems of Care.

This field guide is a first step by a collaborative of California child-serving education, health, and social service experts and leaders to further California’s current efforts toward one effective, integrated, comprehensive, school-based child-serving system. The guide includes guidance for both local education agencies (LEAs) and state leaders, with details and implementation guidance on a wide variety of cross-sector initiatives to support the whole child.


Physical Activity Articles and Program Resources from Extended Notes

Inspiring our students with fun physical education activities, promoting healthy eating habits, and choosing activities and games that help develop kids’ social-emotional skills will create active healthy youth! Extended Notes has lots of tips and recommendations for incorporating healthy physical activity and education into any after school program, from simple activities that get all the wiggles out to


Recommendations for Healthy Beverage Consumption in Early Childhood

Healthy beverage intake is critical in early childhood as beverages can make a significant contribution to dietary intake during this period and serve as important sources of essential nutrients. However, many beverages also contain added sugars and saturated fats, which can be harmful when consumed in excess. Overconsumption of unhealthy beverages in early childhood can contribute to risk of diet-related chronic diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, or dental caries.


New USDA Resource: FoodData Central 

A new resource has been made available from the Agricultural Resource Services and hosted by the National Agricultural Library of the USDA. FoodData Central provides a nutrient profile data which includes the benefit and purpose of the food! 

Along with a nutrient profile, FoodData also provides research on agricultural and experimental of different nutrients. Use FoodData today to find about the nutrients found in your favorite foods and other products!  



Start Simple with MyPlate

Kick start your school year by eating healthy - make it simple with MyPlate!  MyPlate makes it easy to get tips, ideas and a personalized plan to meet your food group targets. Find what works for you and your family with food preferences, health goals, and budget. Start your healthy eating journey today! 


OST Fosters Positive Environment for Children’s Health

Active and engaged learning benefits can happen beyond the regular school day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Out-of-School Time (OST) enhances children’s well-being and academic achievement by providing an additional safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and play. Visit the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model to learn more. 


Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
A Report from: America After 3PM

America After 3PM has recently released a special report titled: “Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.”  This report focuses on the role that after school programs play to support the health and wellness of students. The findings are based on survey responses from parents from over 30,000 households nationwide.

To download the full report, click here


USDA Nutrition Education Kit

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently announced the release of their “Grow It, Try It, Like It” Nutrition Education Kit for Child and Adult Care Food Program providers to use to educate kids on healthy nutritional habits through interactive activities. With seven booklets filled with hands-on lesson plans about fruits and vegetables, this kit incorporates MyPlate and can be used by program providers as well as families to introduce children to nutrition education. 


Register Your School Now for the JUST RUN Program!

Schools and youth organizations nationwide are invited to register for the JUST RUN program for the 2014-15 school year. This free, web-based fitness program helps educators combat childhood obesity by offering strategies and incentives for advocating for healthy fitness, nutritional, and lifestyle habits for children. Utilized by over 11,000 students this program has many features including clinics, marathons, an anti-drug program, and nutritional education. Not only is the JUST RUN program easy to implement, but it also can be used at before, after, and during school programs. 

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.