Movin' after school: A community-based support for policy change in the after-school environment

Jennifer Huberty, Michael W. Beets, Aaron Beighle, Mary Balluff

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Abstract

Background: An initiative was designed by a health department, mayors office, and a university to support policy change related to physical activity (PA) participation and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption for the after-school setting (Movin After School). The aim of Movin After School is to help after-school sites create and sustain policy changes theorized to improve the PA and dietary behaviors of children. Methods: Movin After School consists of professional development training focused on PA and nutrition, ongoing technical assistance from university staff to implement policy-level changes, and a tiered incentive-based system to reward programs meeting policy-related benchmarks and identify programs in need of additional support. Policies were developed based on After School Corporation essential elements of program quality. Results/Conclusion: Movin After School may be used as a model for after-school sites to develop and support policies that promote healthy behaviors in the after-school setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-341
Number of pages5
JournalChildhood Obesity
Volume6
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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