Change is good!Especially when small, relatively simple changes can have a big impact on health. Foodandfun.org is an interactive website geared towards getting out-of-school time staff and parents excited about promoting physical activity and nutrition by creating healthy environments for themselves and their children. Everyone interested in making healthy changes should have access to information and resources that will help them in the process. That is why all of the materials you will find on foodandfun.org are free of charge! So go ahead and get started. Browse, download, plan, act ... and don't forget to have fun!
AboutIn the About section you can learn more about the development of the Food & Fun After School curriculum, the Out of School Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative (OSNAP), and the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center.
LearnIn the Learn section, program staff, parents, and children can access the Food & Fun After School curriculum and materials, the Food Fun & Family handbook, and browse links to a variety of other useful outside resources on nutrition and physical activity. Food & Fun After school includes 11 units to help programs infuse healthy snacks and recipes, physically active games, and creative learning activities into regular program schedules.
ChangeIn the Change section, section, staff will find a variety of planning tools, assessments, and materials that help promote nutrition and physical activity in out-of-school settings. These tools can help programs make Food and Fun lesson plans, set goals, assess programs, and promote sustainability. Tools are also available for parents to assess and promote healthy changes in their own home! Many of these materials have been developed as part of the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center's Out of School Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative (OSNAP).
foodandfun.orgThis website has been developed by the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center (HPRC) to help promote nutrition and physical activity in out-of-school time. Visit the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center website more information.
Keep it Moving!
Springtime is right around the corner! While cold and wet weather may keep us inside this time of year, there are still lots of fun ways to keep moving. For example, try involving children in active chores, like putting away groceries or sweeping. Take the stairs when you are at your favorite museum or library. Turn off the TV and dance around the house after dinner. Keep in mind that staying active throughout the day adds up to the 1 hour of physical activity children should get every day. Most importantly, have fun!
Food & Fun After School Curriculum
Between September 2009 and June 2012, 517 YMCA associations were implementing the Food & Fun After School curriculum!