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1 Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum Developed by the Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with the YMCA Part 2: Training Trainers Improving nutrition and physical activity for children in afterschool program Copyright 2008 YMCA of the USA. The Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum is jointly copyrighted by President and Fellows of Harvard College and YMCA of the USA.

2 Training — Part 2 Objectives Review Food & Fun health messages Discuss ways to engage staff, parents, kids, and schools when integrating materials into the current programming Discuss methods for ongoing training, coaching, and mentoring of program staff Assess curriculum usage Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum Part 2: Training Trainers

3 Elements for Child Care and Child/Youth Programs: Part 2: Training Trainers Healthy Messages and Practices Unit Themes: Fruits and vegetables – Take a Bite! & Mix it up Physical activity – Get Moving & Play Hard Sugar-sweetened drinks – Be Sugar Smart Healthy & unhealthy fats – Go for Good Fat Whole grains – Go for Whole Grains Healthy snacking – Super Snacks Reduce TV viewing – Tune out TV Keep hydrated with water – Be active, stay cool

4 Activity Options for Children Part 1: Training Trainers Arts and crafts Active games Group games & activities Books Snack time activities

5 Parent Communication Tools Email messages Newsletter articles Parent handouts Family handbook Part 1: Training Trainers

6 What’s Next? Part 2: Training Trainers How did you introduce site staff to Food and Fun? Did you use any of the training resources below? How will site staff use the materials? How will you continue to train and coach staff? Training Resources  Train the trainer slides  Facilitator's Guide  Getting Staff on Board  Healthy Places Healthy Kids poster  Key Messages for Staff  About Guide

7 Where Are the Opportunities? With staff With kids With parents With outside organizations Part 2: Training Trainers

8 Resources Web resources Harvard’s Prevention Research Center (HPRC): Center works with community partners to design, implement and evaluate programs that improve nutrition and physical activity, and reduce overweight and chronic disease risk among children and youth The Nutrition Source: An online nutrition news and resource center Let’s Move: http://www.letsmove.gov Michelle Obama’s initiative to provide parents with the support they need to make healthy family choices, provide healthier school foods, help kids to be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available Alliance for a Healthier Generation: http://www.healthiergeneration.org A joint venture between the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation with a mission to reduce childhood obesity to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices Part 2: Training Trainers

9 Resources Web resources Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media: Doctor-approved information for families that includes sites for parents, children, and teenagers and provides a variety of health information, including nutrition and fitness topics. Also has Spanish resources available! Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition (We Can!): Resources for families & communities to help prevent childhood overweight U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) resources for child care providers: Healthy Meals Resource System, Child and Adult Care Food Program, MyPyramid, Part 2: Training Trainers

10 Resources Ways to make local connections Your school food service director could work with you on taste tests, especially if your after school program is held in a school building. Grocery stores have started providing free tours designed to teach kids about making nutritious choices. If your program is held within a school, connect with the principal or teachers. Building solid relationships with school personnel can help you secure resources like gym space or kitchen facilities. Promatoras are community members who work as health liaisons between the Hispanic/Latino community and health organizations. Farmers or master gardeners can help teach kids about fruits & veggies. Physical education teachers or fitness instructors could help run a fitness event or they might allow program to borrow or share equipment. Part 2: Training Trainers

11 Planning & Tracking Consider: How many components are used If they seem to appeal to parents and kids Which ones are used How often are they used Part 2: Training Trainers Food & Fun Tools  Curriculum Planning & Tracking Tool  Parent Engagement Planning and Tracking Tool  Snack Sense Guide and Calculator Tracking use of the curriculum components will help assess the usefulness and success of the curriculum

12 Your Assignment Continue to train staff on the Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum Track how programs are using the curriculum Identify who will be engaged: YMCA, parents, school system, others Continue to discuss the successes and challenges of using the curriculum Part 2: Training Trainers

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