The well-being of our young people is top of mind today. Use Lights On Afterschool as a moment to connect, reflect, and support the well-being of youth in your program, or to highlight and showcase the ways programs help instill healthy habits that support physical and mental well-being.
Afterschool, before-school, and summer learning programs have an important role supporting both social and emotional learning and physical and mental health. Your Lights On Afterschool event can raise awareness about the importance of providing programs where kids learn healthful habits for life.
Hear about ways programs have used Lights On Afterschool to showcase how they help keep kids healthy and active using the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards.
There are more ideas you can adapt from past Lights On events for remote or small group activities!
This year, your Lights On Afterschool celebration of healthy eating and physical activity can be an event that makes a positive, lasting change in your program. These tools, standards, and partners can help you take big steps toward success.
The best got better: The Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards 2.0 from the National AfterSchool Association provides up-to-date, evidence-based, practical quality standards for providing children with healthy food, drinks, and physical activity in out-of-school time. The standards have been recently refreshed to be more user-friendly and practical, with revamped details and recommendations for offering the best of health and wellness programming to young people.
A little help from your friends: To get more ideas on supporting health and wellness in your program, become a leader with the Voices Action Center, a group of peers actively working in their communities to change policies and environments to promote childhood health. Check out their OST-specific toolkit and the new message wheel.
Afterschool meals help reduce childhood hunger and promote a healthy weight. At your Lights On event:
To make sure the children in your program are receiving healthy meals throughout all year long, check out these USDA programs geared toward out-of-school time programs!