OSNAP resources

Following are OSNAP training resources that have been evaluated and proven to be effective. Links on the left will lead you to resources to support making changes, as well as other useful resources.

OSNAP Implementation Guide: This guide is designed to help any organization that serves children ages 5-12 to implement the OSNAP initiative.

Whether you work for a school district, a public health agency, an organization such as the Y or Boys and Girls Club, or run an afterschool program, these materials can help support your program’s health and wellness goals.

We provide not only materials that you can use immediately with children and families, but also training templates and action planning guides to get afterschool program staff on board, organized, and excited to promote healthy practices and policies.

OSNAP glossary of terms: Key OSNAP terms and their definitions

OSNAP Facilitator Train-the-Trainer Module: A train-the-trainer style PowerPoint presentation designed as a one-day session to train facilitators who will lead OSNAP Learning Communities

OSNAP Interactive Online Learning Community

Join afterschool and out-of-school-time programs from across the country to improve children’s physical activity, nutrition, and screen time habits in your program!

Check out our online learning community to use the OSNAP change model, resources, and tools to communicate with other programs.

OSNAP action planning

The easiest approach to planning for healthy program changes is to establish a free My OSNAP account and log your self-assessments. If you are a facilitator, encourage each of your programs to create an account.

If you would prefer to do your planning offline, following are links for printable PDF versions of: the Practice Assessment Areas for Improvement and the Policy Assessment Areas for Improvement. These two tools will help you create a report if you are using paper versions of the practice and policy assessments.

You can also access a printable version of the OSNAP Action Planning Document (similarly, you can create an online version by creating an account and following the steps under My OSNAP). And here is a Sample OSNAP Action Planning Document.

Resources for OSNAP Learning Collaboratives

Many of the best ideas for increasing physical activity, improving nutrition, and reducing screen time come from staff at other programs. The OSNAP initiative follows a collaborative learning model, bringing together staff from different afterschool sites to share with and learn from one another. Meetings between program sites are called Learning Collaboratives and are facilitated by an OSNAP Coordinator. OSNAP is designed to have three Learning Collaboratives over the course of one year.

In the OSNAP Learning Collaborative sessions, participants learn background information and skills to promote physical activity and healthful foods/beverages; have opportunities to share barriers, strategies, and successes; and develop and refine action plans in program teams.

Here are program recruitment resources and materials for conducting the Learning Collaboratives. While these materials are geared toward facilitators convening multiple programs, afterschool program directors may also find them useful for staff training.

Tools to promote change sustainability

OSNAP afterschool job description language & interview questions

To help you attract the best candidates for employment, we’ve put together language that can be added to your current job descriptions and questions that may be helpful to ask in candidate interviews.

OSNAP 5-step approach to implementing and sustaining nutrition and physical activity change

You can use this worksheet to help brainstorm ways to make your program changes long-term and to spread changes within your larger organization.

Learning Collaboratives:

OSNAP uses a model focused on Learning Collaboratives. This process allows inter-discplinary organizations with common goals around childhood obesity prevention, physical activity, and nutrition to share ideas, action steps, resources, and challenges with one another. Trading information between groups allows the intervention and practice to be much stronger in anticipating barriers and capitalizing on strengths.

Policy-writing guide:

This section provides practitioners with the steps necessary to create clear, concise, and transparent guidelines that become written policy. Policy can often become the framework and the lever by which change comes to fruition.