This paper discusses the results of a qualitative study which explored childhood obesity and healthy eating concepts among out-of-school time program administrators. Researchers found that while program administrators were concerned about childhood obesity, they identified four main barriers to serving healthy foods: food procurement, budget, staff issues, and facilities. They also found that while having clear, consistent healthy menu guidelines across organizations and nationally would focus efforts and reduce confusion, it alone will not be enough. High-quality staff training, accountability structures, and incentives are also needed to promote and sustain improvements.
Published: April 2012
ID #: 67296
Journal: Afterschool Matters
Authors: Wiecha JL, Hall G, Gannett E, Roth B
Development of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time ProgramsThis paper describes the development of voluntary healthy eating and physical activity quality standards (HEPAQS) for out-of-school time programs. The final HEPAQS were developed using a national, mixed-methods needs assessment, review of existing standards and expert recommendations, and a participatory process of discussion, review, and consensus engaging 19 service and policy organizations and agencies in More
Program Practices: An Investigation of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Standards and Practices on Out-of-School-Time ProgramsIn the US, 6.5 million children attend out-of-school time (OST) programs annually, participating in roughly three hours per day of activities typically including homework, snack and gross motor play. The specific aims of this study are to: (1) build capacity for obesity prevention in OST by infusing rigorous science-based guidelines into the National Afterschool Association More