Studies show that healthy, active children learn better, perform better academically and experience fewer behavioral problems.
Across the nation, afterschool programs provide opportunities for young people to explore their interests and learn new skills. Afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to offer education and opportunity through hands-on, minds-on learning—without the pressures that sometimes accompany the school day.
Food is the one afterschool and summer learning program component necessary for survival. Food security is something we deal with daily.
Young people today face a health crisis—unhealthy eating habits and decreased physical activity have led to skyrocketing obesity rates. Not long ago, young people walked to school, enjoyed long recesses and spent a lot of time outside.
Out-of-school time (OST) programs serve more than 10 million young people per year, which provides a significant opportunity to promote healthy eating and physical activity. Until fairly recently, however, the field has lacked a comprehensive set of operationalizable standards for healthy eating and physical activity (Childhood Obesity 2012).
Afterschool programs have significant potential to promote healthy eating and physical activity for the 10.2 million US children they serve, according to a new volume of New Directions for Youth Development (NDYD) focused on health and afterschool.
Looking to help youth get on a pathway to living a healthy, active lifestyle? The National Afterschool Association and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation are here to help!