Healthy Behaviors Workshop Themes

Practice 1:  Approach Program Development in Nutrition and Physical Activity with Vision, Purpose and Intentionality

Program design, staff and student policies, nutrition and physical activity policies, increasing moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), childhood obesity and trends, summer programming, changing the environment, research, childhood obesity prevention strategies, professional development, staff education, role modeling, improving staff health, integrating nutrition education and physical activity into the core program, nutrition education and physical activity curricula and resources, addressing built environments, measuring and managing outcomes, using data for decision making, social policy, evaluation and assessment, using the Exemplary Practices indicators, using quality self-assessment tools, wellness programs, optimal health and well-being

Practice 2:  Integrate Nutrition and Physical Activity Approaches with Youth Development Principles

Creating physically and emotionally safe environments, building and maintaining supportive relationships, hands-on experiential learning, inclusion of all children, self esteem, developing leaders, youth empowerment, youth advocacy, workforce development, recreation, athletics, play, healthy lifestyles, mentoring, getting started with physical activity, risk behavior prevention

Practice 3:  Offer Exciting, Engaging and Meaningful Learning Experiences

Alignment with state standards, making sure activities are meaningful, bringing in community resources, reinforcing/expanding on classroom learning, increasing physical activity variety, cooking classes, gardening, outdoor programming, dance/movement, yoga/meditation, taking advantage of parks

Practice 4:  Commit to Community, Family and School Engagement

Community-based organizations partnerships, building community partnerships, building school partnerships, alignment with the school day, building family partnerships and education, family advocacy, family education, parent and family involvement, family advocacy, school nutrition services partnerships, restaurant and chef partnerships, supermarket partnerships, healthcare partnerships, school and business wellness policies, city and county partnerships, joint use, park partnership, county health department partnerships, community internships and volunteer opportunities, other partnerships

 Practice 5:  Strengthen Food Security

Creating an environment that supports healthy eating; increasing access to fruits and vegetables; school lunch/breakfast participation; helping families access food and nutrition programs; food bank partnerships; addressing food deserts; increasing access to healthy foods; improving out-of-school time snacks; healthy snacks; school and community gardens; adding a federally reimbursable meal; influencing school lunch offerings; linking with school wellness policies; summer food; cooking healthy recipes; poverty, hunger and obesity

Practice 6:  Secure Adequate and Sustainable Funding

Using data for fund development and advocacy; creating an executive summary; building a diversified and sustainable funding base; grant writing; poverty and hunger; healthy fundraising; marketing

These categories are based on the Exemplary Practices in Healthy Eating Physical Activity, and Food Security.  For more information, go to the Changing Lives, Saving Lives guide (www.afterschoolsolutions.org).