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ERIC Number: ED557935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. America After 3PM Special Report
Afterschool Alliance
Afterschool programs have continued to grow in sophistication, increase their offerings and improve quality. As the role of afterschool programs has evolved from primarily providing a safe and supervised environment to a resource that provides a host of supports for their students, programs have become valuable partners in helping students reach their full potential in school, career and life. This convergence of factors has resulted in students and their families increasingly taking advantage of the multitude of benefits offered by afterschool programs, such as academic enrichment, hands-on learning, and caring and supportive mentors. Afterschool programs have also become a promising approach to help improve the health and wellness of students, from providing students with access to nutritious foods to promoting healthy habits to keeping students physically fit. The focus of this "America After 3PM special report", is on the role that afterschool programs are playing to support the health and wellness of their students. More specifically, this report will cover parents' expectations of afterschool programs to keep their child healthy and active, how satisfied parents are with the food and physical activity provided in their child's afterschool program, and existing opportunities to improve afterschool programs' nutritional and physical activity offerings. Given the high number of students in the U.S. who are living in households where consistent access to healthy food is a challenge, who are overweight or obese, or who are not getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity, this report also outlines strategies to help afterschool programs make even greater strides to address the health and wellness needs of their students and help the nation's children get healthy, stay healthy and lead healthier lives. This report contains the following sections: (1) Afterschool Programs Meeting Parents' Expectations Around Healthy Eating and Physical Activity; (2) Areas of Improvement for the Afterschool Field; and (3) Recommendations. The findings in this report are based on survey responses from parents in 2014, during which 30,720 households were screened nationally and 13,709 households completed in-depth interviews. [For the Executive Summary, see ED557936.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance