December 24, 2013
Read what CANFIT accomplished this 2013 year in policy, trainings, media, and publications.
By Arnell Hinkle
Thanks to your generous support, CANFIT has been able to accomplish the following in 2013:
- Co-chair Nutrition/Physical Activity Committee of California After School Network (championing after school meal quality)
- Member of System of Support - Strategic Implementation Team of California Department of Education’s After School Division
- Working with National Farm to School Network to develop strategy and policy for supporting Farm to Afterschool (F2AS)
- Member of NIOST’s Healthy Out-of-School Time (HOST) Coalition (Advocacy and Implementation Work Teams)
Invited to present policy recommendations on the role of after school and out-of-school-time programs in “Creating Equal Opportunities for a Healthy Weight” at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, DC
Convenor of Youth Career Pipeline Work Group for the California Convergence’s Pine St Mtg Group
- Leadership Team of California Community Transformation Grant Project (CA4 Health)
- Kaiser Thriving Schools Advisory Group
- Summer Meals Coalition
Participant in CA Black Women’s Health Policy Summit
San Francisco State University, Community Based Participatory Research Institute Planning Committee
Trained 145 teens (Sacramento, Grass Valley, Nevada County) on sugar-sweetened beverages and advocacy through Health Education Council’s (HEC) You’re Change Project [resulted in 1500 peer-to-peer contacts and 35% reduction in SSB consumption for trained youth]
Implementing Project for Healthier After School Environments (PHASE) in Calfornia Counties Office of Education Region 6 (Stanislaus) and Region 10 (San Bernardino) – developing training/webinar and coaching series for regional leads and afterschool program staff
Presented at the 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference in Long Beach:
- Pre-conference workshop on Youth Engagement (N=35)
- Panel on After School Partnerships (OUSD Physical Activity Learning Community) N = 250
Trained community residents of multi-unit housing (N = 25) in Sacramento on sugar-sweetened beverages and advocacy through HEC’s You’re Change Project
Served as Lead on Youth Engagement Technical Assistance for WK Kellogg Food and Fitness Initiative:
- Conducted 3 workshops at WKKF national meetings
- Convened Youth Coordinators at 6 Food and Fitness sites (Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Iowa, Holyoke, Detroit)
- Active in Racial Equity Work and Study Group
Created a Scorecard for monitoring Equity in Youth and Community Engagement
In process of revising and updating CANFIT’s popular After school meal and snack guide
Our web site at http://www.canfit.org continues to be a go-to resource (appearing at the top of the page for most Google searches on adolescent nutrition and/or physical activity). CANFIT has 892 followers on Twitter (an additional 150 since last year), an active Facebook Page (665 Likes), and an informative You Tube Channel.
As part of 20th Anniversary celebrations launched:
- Monthly blog
- Needs assessment survey of the field (62 responses thus far)
Awarded 3 CANFIT Academic Scholarships ($2000)
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#CANFIT20 celebrates CANFIT’s 20-year anniversary with a monthly blog on the 20th day of each month beginning in August 2013 and other blogs, tweets, and social media posts on history tid-bits on CANFIT’s journey to helping low-income communities strive for healthy eating and physical activity environments. Worked with CANFIT before? Share your stories and thoughts in our 20th Anniversary Assessment today and have your chance at a monthly drawing for a CANFIT goodie-bag valued at $200!
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