In 2014, California became the first state to authorize an out-of-school-time (OST) health promotion program. The Distinguished After School Health (DASH) program awards a 2-year certificate to OST programs that implement its nutrition and physical activity standards. RTI is partnering with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to evaluate DASH’s reach and impact. Specific aims of this study are to: 1) obtain quantitative survey data on reach and impact, comparing providers that applied for DASH certification with eligible non-applicants on measures of reach, benefits, and barriers to certification, implementation of DASH nutrition practices, and training and technical assistance needs; and 2) obtain qualitative data on applicant experiences with DASH on impact and to inform policy growth and maintenance. Quantitative data will be collected using an online survey. Qualitative data will be gathered through in-depth interviews with DASH applicants and document reviews to assess the validity of applicant claims. Four main outcome measures will be examined: 1) nutrition practices consistent with DASH standards; 2) perceived benefits to certification; 3) experience participating in nutrition capacity-building efforts; and 4) nutrition training and technical assistance needs.
Examining the Reach and Impact of California Legislation to Promote Healthy Eating in Out-of-School-Time Programs
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
Stories of Success: A Qualitative Examination of Contributors to Excellence in School Drinking Water Access
Drinking water instead of beverages with added sugar can help prevent obesity and cavities and promote overall health. Children spend much of their day in school, where they have variable access to drinking water. In 2010, federal and state law required California public schools to provide free potable water to … More