OSNAP training & materials
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, the following resources 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 out-of-school program staff on board, organized, and excited to promote healthy practices and policies.
One way to plan for healthy program changes is to establish a free My OSNAP account, assess your program, and create a customized plan. If you are working with multiple sites in your area, 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). For reference, here is a Sample OSNAP Action Planning Document.
OSNAP Learning Communities
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 Communities and can be facilitated by an OSNAP facilitator who will follow the guides and references the OSNAP team created to help facilitators plan and organize their own local Learning Communities. OSNAP is designed to have three Learning Communities over the course of one year.
In the OSNAP Learning Community 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 to help you coordinate and facilitate in-person OSNAP Learning Communities with sites in your local area. While these materials are geared toward facilitators convening multiple programs, individual afterschool program directors may also find them useful for staff training.
Other helpful resources include:
OSNAP Implementation Guide
A step-by-step guide designed to help both organizations that serve children ages 5-12 to implement the OSNAP initiative, as well as potential facilitators of OSNAP Learning Communities by providing an overview of the OSNAP model and resources
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 Online Learning Community
Join afterschool and out-of-school-time programs from across the country online to improve children’s physical activity, nutrition, and screen-time habits in your program!
Check out our online learning community, which is led by the OSNAP team at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Prevention Research Center, to use the OSNAP model, resources, and tools to communicate with other programs.
OSNAP glossary of terms
Get key OSNAP terms and their definitions.
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
Use this worksheet to help brainstorm ways to make your program changes long-term and to spread changes within your larger organization.