The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) recently elected and appointed new members to its Board of Directors. The strong slate of candidates was impressive, which was reflected by the large number of members who voted in this election—it was an all-time high for our association! Thank you to our members who took the time to vote.
Play is vital for our health and wellbeing—and there's no better place to play than our local parks and recreation facilities! This July, celebrate the power and importance of play with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) during Park and Recreation Month!
A couple of weeks ago, I set out to do something that I have been putting off for a long time—driving over to Alexandria, Virginia, to go through all of the old NAA files that have been in storage since we moved offices from Boston, Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C., around 2008.
When the Robert Bowne Foundation closed its doors on December 31, 2015, it was important to the board and staff members to share the lessons they had learned as a result of their 25 years of work with practitioners, organizations and other funders interested in building the capacity of out-of-school time (OST) programs.
Today, girls in the United States are far less likely than boys to achieve the recommended amounts of physical activity—by age 14, girls are dropping out of sports at two times the rate of boys. Research shows, however, that girls and women who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem, lower levels of depression, a more positive body image, and overall higher states of psychological well-being.
In February 2014, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) launched Commit to Health, a campaign devoted to creating healthier out-of-school time (OST) programs in local parks and recreation.
Since the election in November we've been hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has received a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) School Health Branch to provide technical assistance and training to school districts and school buildings, to support healthy eating and physical activity in out-of-school time (OST) settings.
People's lives center around their home. On average, Americans spend two-thirds of their time either indoors or outdoors at home. For kids under age 11, the typical share is nearly three-quarters. And for those without a home, the absence of such a basic need makes everything else more difficult.