Welcome to OSNAP.org!
Welcome to the Out of School Nutrition and Physical Activity (OSNAP) Initiative interactive website! This website will help guide you through the process of improving out of school time program practices and policies related to healthy foods, drinks, and physical activity.
Use the ABOUT section to learn more about the OSNAP Initiative, the Food & Fun curriculum, and the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center.
Under the CHANGE tab, you will find the tools you need to evaluate and improve the opportunities children have to be physically active and eat healthfully at out of school programs. The OSNAP model walks you through a step-by-step process to evaluate current practices, set goals, and track sustainability for your program.
The RESOURCES section of the website links programs to the Food & Fun Afterschool curriculum, including 11 teaching units to infuse healthy eating/drinking and physical activity into your program, as well as materials to communicate to parents about healthy eating and physical activity.
This website has been developed by the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center to promote sustainable policy and environmental change in out of school time programs so children have the opportunity to be active and eat healthfully every day. Click HERE , to visit the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center website.
Mark the Calendar!
Learning Community 3 is coming up on March 26, 27, or 28
We had 2 great learning community meetings in January & heard that many of you are busy making healthy changes at your programs. One program has been serving water on a daily basis all year and promoting fruits and vegetables regularly by bringing in produce like kiwis and pomegranates for kids to try! At another program, staff have been regularly incorporating activity breaks into programming to ensure all kids are active for 30 minutes each day. They plan to train their junior counselors to teach the older children in the program to lead the physical activity breaks and boost participation. A third program has sent out letters to ensure their volunteers and outside partners provide only healthy snacks to kids during afterschool.