Start Date: March 2015

ID #: CAS019

Organization: RTI International

Project Lead: Jean Wiecha, PhD

See more related research


This project builds upon previous work conducted to develop, disseminate, and promote adoption and implementation of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in out-of-school-time programs (OST). The HEPA standards have been adopted by several major national service organizations that represent thousands of OST sites, but no periodic, cross-organization effort exists to monitor uptake and implementation of the standards. The goal of this project is to assess uptake and implementation of NAA healthy eating standards among NAA members. Investigators will modify an existing survey that assessed the uptake of the NAA physical activity standards in 2013 and 2014 to include questions about the healthy eating standards and best practices in OST programs. Data will be collected from a national sample of OST programs taken from the NAA membership database, and analyzed for associations among respondent characteristics and implementation scores for healthy eating best practices.

Related Research

May 2018

Survey of Afterschool Programs Suggests Most Offer Fruit and Vegetables Daily

This study estimated the frequency and quality of fruit and vegetables offered during snack in U.S. afterschool programs and examined program-level factors associated with offering them, including awareness and use of the National AfterSchool Association Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards. Data was collected from 684 National AfterSchool Association members and their colleagues through an More

November 2023

Assessing participation in and implementation of summer electronic-benefits-transfer and non-congregate-meal programs in rural areas

Summer EBT and non-congregate meals are summer meal options that have known associations with reducing food hardship and barriers to food access. But take-up can vary across states, which creates disparities among marginalized populations. The study aims to analyze the coverage, take-up, and implementation decisions made around Summer EBT and non-congregate meals. The research team More

November 2023

Examining the economic value of free school meals to inform future policy decisions on expansion of free school meals in the U.S.

Growing evidence suggests free school meal policies improve student health outcomes and nutrition equity. A key barrier to passage of these policies is concerns regarding potential costs, thus, a broader value for money evaluation is essential to inform policy decisions. This study aims to compare ‘intervention’ states with free school meal policies (i.e., universal free More