Examining State Policy Approaches to Promoting Implementation of Out-of-School Time Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards
The purpose of this project is to examine the use of state policy approaches to promote the implementation of the National AfterSchool Association Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (NAA HEPA) standards. The research team will build a conceptual framework, elicit expert opinion on state policy approaches, analyze real-world experiences using case studies in two states, and synthesize the findings and develop policy recommendations. Characteristics of successful policy interventions will be identified and mapped alongside the NAA HEPA standards. This will be used to inform the development of an interview guide that will be used to gather experts’ opinions of best models of state policy, perceived benefits and potential unintended consequences, and ideas for adapting the NAA HEPA standards for state policy. The team will also gather information to compare the role of state policy in out-of-school time with its role in early care and education. They will use this information to develop recommendations for facilitating the translation of NAA HEPA standards into state policy and summarize these findings in a whitepaper.
Out-of-School time (OST) programs are a promising setting for reducing child obesity risk by promoting healthy eating and providing opportunities for physical activity. The Healthy Out-of-School Time Coalition developed the National AfterSchool Association Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards in 2011 to provide comprehensive guidance on how to promote healthy … More
The marketing of unhealthy foods to children and youth is a major public health concern. Children in the United States grow up surrounded by food and beverage marketing, which primarily promotes products with excessive amounts of added sugar, salt, and fat, and inadequate amounts of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. … More
Child care providers are a vital part of healthy, thriving communities. Over half of children between the ages of zero and five spend significant time in non-parental child care. These early years are critical for healthy brain development and establishing the habits that last a lifetime. Laws and policies shape … More