OregonASK is a collaboration of public and private organizations and community members which seek to address common issues and concerns across all out-of-school time services – child care, recreation, education and youth development.
Out-of-school time providers play an important role in shaping the health of the next generation and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is dedicated to supporting the staff, families, and youth at sites around the county in their efforts to help young people make healthy life choices.
In the past two months, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation has announced national collaborations with Boys & Girls Club of America and National Recreation and Park Association—providing their staff the process, tools and resources needed to increase access to healthier foods and physical activity and empower the young people they serve to develop lifelong, healthy habits.
Building on this momentum, OregonASK is excited to announce a new collaboration with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to encourage before, after and summer programs across the state to utilize the Alliance’s Healthy Out-of-School Time Framework. Any out-of-school time provider can utilize the Alliance’s Healthy Out-of-School Time (HOST) Framework, a science-based framework that helps programs create environments where youth are encouraged to eat healthier and move more. The HOST Framework is built upon the National Afterschool Association Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.
“Statewide out-of-school time networks and NAA Affiliates have the tremendous opportunity to encourage young people to eat better and move more. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is excited to collaborate with OregonASK to ensure site staff have the tools and resources they need.” Daniel W. Hatcher, Alliance for a Healthier Generation National Healthy Out-of-School Time Advisor.
The Alliance started piloting their work in out-of-school time in 2011, a natural expansion of their success already in the school environment—where they now support more than 20,000 schools across the United States. Working in eight communities, the Alliance currently supports more than 360 out-of-school time providers in their efforts to create healthier conditions. These new partnerships with BGCA and NRPA will now expand their reach to more than 5 million young people.
Learn more about how you can serve healthier foods, increase physical activity and engage young people in your health and wellness work. Visit https://host.healthiergeneration.org/.
Deborah Vandell, Ph.D.
Educator and OST Researcher
Oregon was selected as one of fourteen states to receive a STEM focused AmeriCorps VISTA to serve in the national Afterschool Alliance effort to support statewide systems development in STEM. OregonASK will host this VISTA for one year in our Wilsonville office. We are excited to welcome Katie Lakey to the OregonASK team and are looking forward to having her on board in April. Katie will serve as the community liaison for afterschool and summer programs that are providing STEM activities throughout the state of Oregon and work to further the goals of the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project.
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