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Minnesota Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Toolkit for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Incorporating healthy food and active play into community- and school-based out-of-school time (OST) programs is an integral component of a comprehensive strategy to prevent childhood obesity and model lifelong healthy behaviors. The Public Health Law Center has developed this set of resources to inform and support policy efforts to advance these goals.

 

Rationale for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Policies

This factsheet explains the rationale for adopting healthy eating and physical activity standards as part of a comprehensive strategy.

Best Practices Guidelines

This factsheet profiles afterschool and OST guidelines that have been developed by national and regional experts to advance best practices for healthy eating and physical activity as part of a comprehensive strategy.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

This factsheet provides an overview of the application of the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to afterschool programs that are located within a public school attendance area where at least 50% of the student population qualify for free or reduced lunch.

21st Century Community Learning Centers

This factsheet provides an overview of the efforts of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity practices.

Accreditation Standards and Quality Assessments

This factsheet emphasizes the need to make continuous improvements in the quality of programs, access to programs, and strengthening the field, and examines the pros and cons of applying accreditation standards to OST programs, recognizing that practitioners as well as researchers remain divided over how best to maintain and measure quality.

Training Needs and Resources

This factsheet draws attention to staff training needs and pinpoints available resources.

Healthy Eating in Summer Programs

This factsheet focuses on opportunities to improve children’s access to healthy snacks and meals during the summer months.

Integrating OST Guidelines with School Wellness Policies

This factsheet stresses the importance of involving OST program staff in planning, implementing, and evaluating school district and individual school wellness policies, when possible, and provides links to practical resources.

Policy Opportunities Table

This table provides an overview of policy levers and opportunities addressed in each of the Minnesota Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Toolkit for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity factsheets. The Table includes brief summaries of benefits and barriers, as well as links to guidelines and resources.

Policy Landscape

This document serves as an accompaniment to the Minnesota Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Toolkit for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, providing an overview of Minnesota’s legal landscape – laws, funding streams, programs and policy considerations that affect afterschool and out-of-school time programs.