Authored by Valerie Costello
Let’s Go! and Healthy Kids Out of School, an initiative of ChildObesity180 in collaboration with Tufts University, share the common goal of making a positive contribution to kids’ lives, so they are equipped with the skills and confidence to become happy and productive adults. With millions of children participating, out-of-school-time programs can play a key role in promoting healthy eating and physical activity habits.
Let’s Go!’s 5-2-1-0 Goes After School and Healthy Kids Out of School share a common set of principles around healthy eating and physical activity so that children will hear consistent, healthy messages, across out-of-school-time programs:
- Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Increase physical activity.
- Increase healthy eating by choosing fruits and vegetables.
Realizing that making these kinds of changes can sometimes be challenging, Healthy Kids Out of School recently launched the Healthy Kids Hub website to help leaders adopt these principles. The Hub provides hundreds of free and low-cost resources including those created and used by Let’s Go!. Visitors to the Hub can browse through resources on their own, or take a brief survey to get a customized list of resources that are specific to their program needs.
Join us in supporting this great work and the efforts of out-of-school-time leaders from around the country in making healthy environments for kids by taking the pledge to adopt these principles. Anyone who takes the pledge by May 8, 2013 will be entered into a random drawing to win one of 100 $50 gift cards.
Learn more about the initiative and get your customized list of resources at www.HealthyKidsHub.org.