Movin' Afterschool - Policy change to support increases in physical activity and decreases in sugar sweetened beverage consumption.
An initiative was designed by a health department, mayor’s office, and a university to support policy change related to physical activity participation and sugar sweetened beverage consumption for the afterschool setting; Movin’ Afterschool. The aim of Movin After School is to help afterschool sites create and sustain policy changes to improve the PA and dietary behaviors of children. Movin’ Afterschool consists of professional development training focused on physical activity and nutrition, ongoing technical assistance from university graduate students to implement policy-level changes, and an incentive-based system to reward programs meeting policy-related benchmarks and identify programs in need of additional support. Policies were developed based on the After School Alliance elements of program quality. Movin’ Afterschool may be used as a model for afterschool sites to develop and support policies that promote healthy behaviors in the afterschool setting.
Jennifer Huberty, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha in Physical Activity in Health Promotion. She has over 10 years experience working with improving physical activity in children during and afterschool and has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Centers for Disease Control. She has over 40 publications and has co-author of a book, Designing Effective Physical Activity Interventions, published by Human Kinetics.
Mary Balluff, MS, RD, LMNT is the Division Chief of Community Health and Nutrition Services at The Douglas County Health Department. She has been funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Centers for Disease Control and has a number of publications. She was the PI of a Community Putting Prevention to Work grant.