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Afterschool Alliance joins Voices for Healthy Kids

By Tiereny Lloyd

The Afterschool Alliance has recently collaborated with Voices for Healthy Kids®, an initiative of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to build a consortium around increasing children’s physical activity and nutritious food consumption in early childhood and in out-of-school time settings. The consortium will utilize stakeholders and subject matter experts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by advancing state and local public policies that improve nutrition and increases physical activity in out-of-school time and early childhood settings.

As the early childhood and out-of-school time consortium’s lead organization, the Afterschool Alliance will coordinate, manage and engage a poll of experts and leaders to provide technical assistance to state and local networks that develop physical activity and nutrition campaigns within the out-of-school time and early childhood fields. The Afterschool Alliance will also connect afterschool and early childhood leaders with the research and resources available on PreventObesity.net, a hub for all things healthy launched by the American Heart Association.

To support this new collaboration, the Afterschool Alliance has hired Tiereny Lloyd as Director of Health and Wellness Initiatives. Lloyd brings to the Afterschool Alliance extensive experience in advancing health and wellness among children most in need, at both a national and program level. Lloyd will support efforts in both the out-of-school time and early childhood communities.

The Afterschool Alliance is excited to help build healthier environments for America’s youth during the most formative times of their lives by joining in the mission of Voices for Healthy Kids: “We are working to ensure that the places where children live, learn, and play make it easy and enjoyable for them to eat healthy foods and be active.”