Using State Laws and Regulations to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) in Afterschool Programs
This report focuses on the potential benefits and unintended consequences of state policies specifically focused on Out-of-School-Time (OST) programs.
Out-of-school time (OST) programs provide academic and social development opportunities to school age children before and after school and during summer and holidays and can be a way to fully utilize your green schoolyards. Until 2011, the OST field lacked comprehensive guidance on how to promote healthy eating and physical activity. Science-based standards were developed, but adoption is voluntary and unregulated. State or local laws present one option to increase awareness, uptake, and implementation of HEPA standards in afterschool programs. Features case studies from North Carolina and California.
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Jean Wiecha, PhD, Kristen Capogrossi, PhDNational Park and Recreation Association