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Wellness in the Schools (WITS) began when public school parents united around the conviction that healthier bodies make healthier minds and that, conversely, unhealthy school environments interfere with student health, school attendance and academic achievement. Today their programs reach over 50,000 students in over 100 public schools daily. Their website has a tools section that can be helpful for afterschool programs.
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The Mind Your Mind site is a rich resource containing curricula, teaching guides, mobile apps and videos that can help programs working with youth manage stress, talk about mental health, and engage in pro-social activities, such as creating narratives with dance.
This Guide by the National Recreation and Park Association demonstrates that food waste can add to food costs, and programs can use the funds saved through waste reduction efforts to improve the overall quality of food served. By reducing food waste, programs may also improve children's healthy eating. Engaging them to tackle food waste offers a great way to explore subjects, like global ecology; the food production cycle; community waste system practices, composting and recycling.
Developed by the Ontario Department of Parks & Recreation, this video shows several different games that can be used to keep kids physically active during OST>
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This curriculum was designed for middle school youth as a companion to the PBS documentary In Defense of Food. It uses activities and film clips to give young people aged 10 to 14 new tools to think critically about food. Students prepare delicious recipes, create performance poetry and participate in peer-to-peer learning.
A guide to sugar sweetened beverages, the health risks in serving to students, and alternatives to using them with children and youth.
The OSNAP Guide:
A Step by Step Process for
Improving Nutrition and
Physical Activity in Out of
This guide is designed to help OST organizations implement the Out Of School Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative (OSNAP), a program designed to improve physical activity and nutrition practices and policies.
A vimeo that demonstrates how instructors can use physical activities as part of academic instruction. Can easily be adapted for the OST context.