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.
Examining State Policy Approaches to Promoting Implementation of Out-of-School Time Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards
Using State Laws & Regulations to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Afterschool Programs
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
Strong nutrition standards for school meals, consistent with evidence-based recommendations, position children for optimal health and wellbeing. Strong science supports the link between lowering sodium intake and better health. This new issue brief from Healthy Eating Research examines the recent history of sodium standards for school meals. It highlights current sodium intake … More
In the next year, an estimated 1 in 4 children will experience food insecurity (up from 1 in 6, pre-pandemic), disproportionately impacting children in low-income households and racial/ethnic minorities. To mediate loss of school meals during closures and reduce COVID-19 exposure, Congress authorized the USDA to permit local education authorities … More