Outside Resources

Other Ways to make Local Connections

In addition to the above websites that connect you to state or local organizations working to improve nutrition and health of young children and teens, you can make many great connections simply by flipping through the local phone book or with a quick web search. Here are some folks to invite into your program:

Your local school food service director could work with you on special promotions or taste tests, especially if your after school program is held in a school building. Food service directors also receive a lot of promotional materials in the mail and may be able to pass healthy freebies onto you.

Many grocery stores have started providing free tours designed to teach kids about making nutritious choices. Kids can tour the produce section to learn about the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables available or learn how to pick a healthy cereal. Invite families to join you on the tour and see if the store will do a healthy taste test.

If your program is held within a school, connect with the principal or teachers. Building solid relationships with school personnel can help you secure resources like gym space or kitchen facilities to enhance your program offerings.

Promatoras are community members who work as liaisons between the Hispanic/Latino community and health organizations. They raise awareness about health issues, including nutrition and physical activity.

Farmers or master gardeners are other great resources for teaching kids about fruits and vegetables.

Check to see if your local children.s museum has exhibits on healthy eating or physical activity.

Physical education teachers could help run a fitness event or health fair, or they may allow programs to borrow or share physical education equipment.

Local chefs are often happy to share their knowledge and food preparation tips with local organizations, and some restaurants or grocery stores may donate food for taste tests (chefs may even prepare simple snacks with kids!).

Fitness instructors can lead a special activity or partner with you to develop optional programming for children, such as a one-month yoga introduction or dance class.