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After School Resources


Farm to School Activities in Out-of-School Time
Farm to School Activities in Out-of-School Time This policy brief outlines strategies that six states are using to link local produce with after school and other out-of-school time (OST) programs. Written in collaboration with the National Farm to School Network, the policy brief is meant to inform and guide future farm to school activities in OST. In addition to providing a snapshot of current activities, the report offers recommendations for expanding farm to school activities in OST so that we can build healthier food environments for children.

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((PDF, 2.6 MB, 10 pages))

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CANFIT’s ACTIVE8
CANFIT’s ACTIVE8 CANFIT's ACTIVE8 (activate) is an 8-step guide for after school/community program staff which engages youth by creating opportunities for physical activity that are enjoyable, meets their needs and involves and encourages participation of all, including peers, staff, administrators, parents and community members. It is designed to help youth providers 1) incorporate “simple, yet appropriate” physical activities and 2) create a positive physical activity culture through improving policies in your after school, community and neighborhood. Throughout the guide are tips on how to effectively incorporate everyday physical activity, what types of exercises are appropriate and how to involve youth in improving their physical activity environment. It is our intention to make physical activity easy, fun and enjoyable for youth and provide a range of choices and activities that will continue to keep young people ACTIVE8’ed and moving!

Download Download CANFIT’s ACTIVE8
(The entire ACTIVE8 Curriculum can be downloaded in 8 parts)

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99 Maneras….
99 Maneras…. ESTE FOLLETO INCLUYE IDEAS SENCILLAS PARA QUE USTED: Promueva La Al imentacion Saludable/ Incluya Actividades Fisicas/ Incorpore La Cultura/ Considere El Desarroll o DE L Personal Una Prioridad/ Seleccione Personal Ejemplar Para Los Jovenes/ Asigne A Los Jovenes En Posiciones De Liderazgo/ Promueva La Participacion De La Familia/ Utilize A La Comunidad Como Un Recurso/ Examine Los Medios De Publicidad Y Sus Anuncios/ Promueva Una Imagen Corporal Positiva/ Colabore Con Las Escuelas/ Trabaje En En Equipo/ Sea La Coneccion Con El Cuidado De La Salud

Download Download 99 Maneras….
(PDF, 3 MB, 8 pages)

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Healthy After School Snack Guide - Spanish Version
Healthy After School Snack Guide - Spanish Version NEW! Available in Spanish- language, the must-read healthy snack guide for after school programs. Nutrition guidelines can get a bit confusing; That's why CANFIT has done the work for you to make it easier to serve healthy snacks in your after school program. The guide has menus using foods that can be easily obtained at convenience stores and that fall within the federal reimbursement rate budget. The guide also contains two-week sample cycle menus, shopping lists and 26 healthy snack recipes.

Download Download Healthy After School Snack Guide - Spanish Version
(PDF, 811 kb, 53 pages)

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Physical Activity Guidelines Matrix
Physical Activity Guidelines Matrix Get more physical activity in your after school or community program today. CANFIT has developed an easy way to breakdown the CDE physical activity guidelines into a simple matrix that can be incorporated into your everyday programming.

Download Download Physical Activity Guidelines Matrix
(360 kb, 2 pages)

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Healthy After School Snack and Meal Guide (Revised March 2014)
Healthy After School Snack and Meal Guide (Revised March 2014) This new afterschool snack and meal guide, revised March 2014, includes information on the federal after school meal program. Nutrition guidelines for snacks and meals served in after school programs can get a bit confusing. CANFIT has done the work for you to make it easier to serve healthy snacks and meals in your after school program. The guide has menus using foods that can be easily obtained at convenience stores and that fall within the federal reimbursement rate budget. (Please note that the CACFP and NSLP rates have increased to $.80 per snack/$3.16 per meal effective June 2013 - June 2014.) The guide also contains two-week sample cycle menus, a Costco shopping list and 26 healthy snack recipes!

Download Download Healthy After School Snack and Meal Guide (Revised March 2014)
(PDF, 2.0 MB, 80 pages)

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After School Physical Activity Guidelines
After School Physical Activity Guidelines CANFIT wanted to get a sense of how the new California After School Physical Activity Guidelines can support youth in all after school programs, especially those with limited resources. Download now to implement quality after school physical activity and get healthy snack tips. Bonus Inside: A Physical Activity Matrix to improve staff skills to implement the guidelines.

Download Download After School Physical Activity Guidelines
(747 KB, 13 pages)

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99 Ways Toolkit
99 Ways Toolkit The 99 Ways is an interactive booklet that provides everything from nutrition and fitness lesson plans to shopping menu tips to strategies to involve parents and community members -- all to help you make your after school program and your community healthier places for youth and families.

Download Download 99 Ways Toolkit
(2.97 mb, 8 pages)

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CANFIT Snack Policy Brief
CANFIT Snack Policy Brief We have a golden opportunity to improve the lives and health of millions of children by providing high quality snacks within the federal child nutrition programs. The following recommendations can help us achieve this goal, and should be considered as you review child nutrition program re-authorization legislation.

Download Download CANFIT Snack Policy Brief
(136 kb, 2 pages)

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CANFIT’s Cultural Needs Assessment Guide
CANFIT’s Cultural Needs Assessment Guide This guide outlines a process for uncovering the role of culture in the nutrition and physical activity habits of African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian youth.

Download Download CANFIT’s Cultural Needs Assessment Guide
(PDF, 293 KB, 65 pages)

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CANFIT After School Physical Activity Pyramid
CANFIT After School Physical Activity Pyramid You’ve heard of the Food Pyramid. CANFIT developed a Physical Activity Pyramid for After School Programs to get youth active every day. This document is a simple and easy to understand description of how to organize physical activity in your program. Try it today!

Download Download CANFIT After School Physical Activity Pyramid
(367 kb, 1 page)

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After School Physical Activity Policy Brief
After School Physical Activity Policy Brief Physical activity is known to be an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but policies and programs aimed at improving the health and wellness of youth often overlook the importance of physical activity in their lives. Compounding the situation, many schools lack the resources and infrastructure to meet recommendations for daily physical activity and physical education during the school day. This brief describes the landscape of physical activity for youth in California today.

Download Download After School Physical Activity Policy Brief
(1.31 MB, 17pages)

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Expanding Opportunities for After School Physical Activity
Expanding Opportunities for After School Physical Activity This policy brief presents recommendations from the Youth Activity Policy (YAP) project funded by Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Region’s Healthy Eating Active Living Initiative. The brief examines the neighborhood structures that are already serving youth and assesses how they might become engaged in community health initiatives that strengthen or expand physical activity opportunities for young people. Eight recommendations are outlined for this process.

Download Download Expanding Opportunities for After School Physical Activity
(PDF, 798kb, 13 pages)

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How to Talk Food & Physical Activity to Youth
How to Talk Food & Physical Activity to Youth MO Project is working to create healthy communities by changing systems that affect two of our most basic needs: food and physical activity. The main way we’re doing it is encouraging youth to think about food and physical activity systems.

Download Download How to Talk Food & Physical Activity to Youth
(8.53 MB, 6 pages)

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Empowering Youth
Empowering Youth The CDC, USDA, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and CANFIT developed the Empowering Youth manual for use in after school programs and classrooms with youth 11-18 years old. It contains current nutrition and physical activity information to enhance leader knowledge; fun, hands-on activities that teach nutrition concepts; ideas to include nutrition education and physical activity into youth programs and events; resources to help youth develop a nutrition or physical activity related community project; tips, worksheets, handouts, discussion prompters and more!

Download Download Empowering Youth
(Chapters 1-8 available for download at the USDA Team Nutrition Website)

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Promoting Healthier After School Environments: Opportunities & Challenges
Promoting Healthier After School Environments: Opportunities & Challenges After school programs have a vital role to play, not only by providing academic support, but also by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. This report presents opportunities, challenges and strategies that can help ensure that after school programs create healthy environments for our children and youth.

Download Download Promoting Healthier After School Environments: Opportunities & Challenges
(PDF, 2.04 MB, 20 pages)

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CANFIT Materials Order Form
CANFIT Materials Order Form The CANFIT Material Order Form is available for you to easily purchase the CANFIT P.H.A.T. DVD program, the CANFIT supermanual and many more exclusive items tailored to nutrition and physical activity for youth in communities of color. Download the form and mail/fax to CANFIT.

Download Download CANFIT Materials Order Form
(PDF, 59.7 kb, 2 pages)

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act: Key Recommendations
Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act: Key Recommendations CANFIT presents recommendations for improving the nutritional quality and availability of meals and snacks in Federal Child Nutrition Programs.

Download Download Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act: Key Recommendations
(PDF, 48.9 KB, 2 pages)

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Roadmap to Improving Food and Physical Activity Environments
Roadmap to Improving Food and Physical Activity Environments The Roadmap to Improving Food & Physical Activity Environments is a comprehensive resource guide that walks coalitions through the steps of the community change process needed to improve food and physical activity environments. The roadmap is a collection of tools and tips from The California Endowment's Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC) Initiative. CANFIT is featured in the After School Section on pages 63-76.

Download Download Roadmap to Improving Food and Physical Activity Environments
(PDF, 3.71 MB, 71 pages)

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Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy Recommendations for After School Programs
Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy Recommendations for After School Programs This paper recommends nutrition and physical activity policies for after school programs and communities that can be implemented either legislatively or institutionally.

Download Download Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy Recommendations for After School Programs
(PDF, 26.1 KB, 3 pages)

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AfterSchool Landscape in California: Opportunities of the After School Eduation & Safety Program Act
AfterSchool Landscape in California: Opportunities of the After School Eduation & Safety Program Act With the implementation of Proposition 49, the legislation that created the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program, the number of state-funded after school programs in the state has nearly doubled. This policy brief explores the landscape of after school in the state, including the differences between programs run by local education agencies and those run by community-based programs, and how programs are implementing physical activity and nutrition components. The brief also highlights how The California Endowment's Healthy Eating and Active Communities are helping to shape the movement toward intentional physical activity and nutrition in after school, and it provides recommendations for communities interested in expanding after school opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles.

Download Download AfterSchool Landscape in California: Opportunities of the After School Eduation & Safety Program Act
(PDF, 1.64 MB, 8 pages)

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Resources for Incorporating After School Nutrition & Physical Activity into School Wellness Policies
Resources for Incorporating After School Nutrition & Physical Activity into School Wellness Policies Schools and School-Based After School Programs can use their school wellness policy to improve nutrition and physical activity standards. This document is a list of resources for improving your school wellness policy.

Download Download Resources for Incorporating After School Nutrition & Physical Activity into School Wellness Policies
(PDF, 162 KB, 2 pages)

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Promoting Health and Preventing Obesity in After School Programs: Critical Issues to Consider
Promoting Health and Preventing Obesity in After School Programs: Critical Issues to Consider Many after school programs miss the opportunity to provide healthy eating and physical activity experiences to youth. In this working paper, CANFit examines opportunities for after school programs to address the physical activity and nutrition needs of adolescents in low income communities and communities of color.

Download Download Promoting Health and Preventing Obesity in After School Programs: Critical Issues to Consider
(PDF, 442 KB, 21 pages)

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Marketing/Communications


Youth E-Advocacy: Social Media Leading Community Change Manual
Youth E-Advocacy: Social Media Leading Community Change Manual Made possible with a grant from The California Endowment, this facilitator's guide and best practices report summarizes a year-long project that builds on CANFIT’s past experience in using innovative social media strategies and popular culture to mobilize low income youth of color around neighborhood and school environmental policy issues. The Youth E-Advocacy manual highlights how to facilitate four interactive trainings that help create Youth E-Advocates who can use social media as advocacy tools to influence the implementation of local, statewide and national policy issues such as access to clean drinking water, increased after school fitness options, and improved meal quality in federal child nutrition programs. Each training includes an overview, summary, activity guides, and agenda template. The manual shares strategies on how to engage youth in a train-the-trainers series to strengthen leadership skills, work with other youth on a social media campaign to align with existing policy work, and create a peer-to-peer network to share online and offline strategies. Youth E-Advocacy also highlights specific case studies of activities and trainings completed with youth leaders in Richmond, CA and the Eastern Coachella Valley. A robust appendix offers a glossary of terms, guides for all training activities, and a simulation activity on how youth can recruit other youth for healthy eating and physical activity efforts.

Download Download Youth E-Advocacy: Social Media Leading Community Change Manual
(PDF, 7.68 MB, 44 pages)

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Do More, Watch Less Manual
Do More, Watch Less Manual Do More, Watch Less is a 4-session curriculum developed by the California Dept. of Health Services aimed to improve the health of youth by challenging them to spend less time in front of the screen (TV, computer, and video) and more time doing fun screen-free activities.

Download Download Do More, Watch Less Manual
(PDF, 2.28 MB, 35 pages)

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Are You Getting Played by Ronald McDonald?
Are You Getting Played by Ronald McDonald? This handout talks about fast food, junk food and soda advertising and the marketing tactics used to lure youth into buying unhealthy products.

Download Download Are You Getting Played by Ronald McDonald?
(PDF, 1.32 KB, 1 page)

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Lesson Plan - How Junk Food Marketing Makes You “Spend the Cheese”
Lesson Plan - How Junk Food Marketing Makes You “Spend the Cheese” This lesson plan outlines the marketing strategies that junk food companies use to entice youth. Use this plan with the "Outside the Wrapper, In Between the Bun" presentation.

Download Download Lesson Plan - How Junk Food Marketing Makes You “Spend the Cheese”
(PDF, 196 KB, 2 pages)

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Outside Wrapper, In Between the Bun; The Whole Truth About Fast Food Presentation
Outside Wrapper, In Between the Bun; The Whole Truth About Fast Food Presentation The global $100 billion dollar fast food market continues to grow. With an estimated $11 billion/year spent on marketing to youth, the industry has tremendous power over the food purchasing choices of today's youth. But do they care for the health of youth? What about food quality? Where do they get their food from? How do they treat their employees? This presentation outlines the truth about fast food, which can be used to help youth become aware of what they are actually eating and how they are being targeted by the fast food industry.

Download Download Outside Wrapper, In Between the Bun; The Whole Truth About Fast Food Presentation
(PDF, 1.61 MB, 36 pages)

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Youth


Youth E-Advocacy: Social Media Leading Community Change Manual
Youth E-Advocacy: Social Media Leading Community Change Manual Made possible with a grant from The California Endowment, this facilitator's guide and best practices report summarizes a year-long project that builds on CANFIT’s past experience in using innovative social media strategies and popular culture to mobilize low income youth of color around neighborhood and school environmental policy issues. The Youth E-Advocacy manual highlights how to facilitate four interactive trainings that help create Youth E-Advocates who can use social media as advocacy tools to influence the implementation of local, statewide and national policy issues such as access to clean drinking water, increased after school fitness options, and improved meal quality in federal child nutrition programs. Each training includes an overview, summary, activity guides, and agenda template. The manual shares strategies on how to engage youth in a train-the-trainers series to strengthen leadership skills, work with other youth on a social media campaign to align with existing policy work, and create a peer-to-peer network to share online and offline strategies. Youth E-Advocacy also highlights specific case studies of activities and trainings completed with youth leaders in Richmond, CA and the Eastern Coachella Valley. A robust appendix offers a glossary of terms, guides for all training activities, and a simulation activity on how youth can recruit other youth for healthy eating and physical activity efforts.

Download Download Youth E-Advocacy: Social Media Leading Community Change Manual
(PDF, 7.68 MB, 44 pages)

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MO Project Healthy Youth Leaders– Best Practices Report
MO Project Healthy Youth Leaders– Best Practices Report Developed in 2008, the MO Project and best practices report designed as a best practice tool for anyone working with youth – at a school based health center, after school program and/or community group - to engage them in obesity or diabetes prevention. It also provides recommendations for implementing effective youth leadership trainings and/or projects and for designing & executing a youth media contest.

Download Download MO Project Healthy Youth Leaders– Best Practices Report
(PDF, 613 KB, 12 pages)

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CANFIT’s ACTIVE8
CANFIT’s ACTIVE8 CANFIT's ACTIVE8 (activate) is an 8-step guide for after school/community program staff which engages youth by creating opportunities for physical activity that are enjoyable, meets their needs and involves and encourages participation of all, including peers, staff, administrators, parents and community members. It is designed to help youth providers 1) incorporate “simple, yet appropriate” physical activities and 2) create a positive physical activity culture through improving policies in your after school, community and neighborhood. Throughout the guide are tips on how to effectively incorporate everyday physical activity, what types of exercises are appropriate and how to involve youth in improving their physical activity environment. It is our intention to make physical activity easy, fun and enjoyable for youth and provide a range of choices and activities that will continue to keep young people ACTIVE8’ed and moving!

Download Download CANFIT’s ACTIVE8
(The entire ACTIVE8 Curriculum can be downloaded in 8 parts)

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CANFIT After School Physical Activity Pyramid
CANFIT After School Physical Activity Pyramid You’ve heard of the Food Pyramid. CANFIT developed a Physical Activity Pyramid for After School Programs to get youth active every day. This document is a simple and easy to understand description of how to organize physical activity in your program. Try it today!

Download Download CANFIT After School Physical Activity Pyramid
(367 kb, 1 page)

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How to Talk Food & Physical Activity to Youth
How to Talk Food & Physical Activity to Youth MO Project is working to create healthy communities by changing systems that affect two of our most basic needs: food and physical activity. The main way we’re doing it is encouraging youth to think about food and physical activity systems.

Download Download How to Talk Food & Physical Activity to Youth
(8.53 MB, 6 pages)

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Empowering Youth
Empowering Youth The CDC, USDA, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and CANFIT developed the Empowering Youth manual for use in after school programs and classrooms with youth 11-18 years old. It contains current nutrition and physical activity information to enhance leader knowledge; fun, hands-on activities that teach nutrition concepts; ideas to include nutrition education and physical activity into youth programs and events; resources to help youth develop a nutrition or physical activity related community project; tips, worksheets, handouts, discussion prompters and more!

Download Download Empowering Youth
(Chapters 1-8 available for download at the USDA Team Nutrition Website)

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Do More, Watch Less Manual
Do More, Watch Less Manual Do More, Watch Less is a 4-session curriculum developed by the California Dept. of Health Services aimed to improve the health of youth by challenging them to spend less time in front of the screen (TV, computer, and video) and more time doing fun screen-free activities.

Download Download Do More, Watch Less Manual
(PDF, 2.28 MB, 35 pages)

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Nutrition


99 Maneras….
99 Maneras…. ESTE FOLLETO INCLUYE IDEAS SENCILLAS PARA QUE USTED: Promueva La Al imentacion Saludable/ Incluya Actividades Fisicas/ Incorpore La Cultura/ Considere El Desarroll o DE L Personal Una Prioridad/ Seleccione Personal Ejemplar Para Los Jovenes/ Asigne A Los Jovenes En Posiciones De Liderazgo/ Promueva La Participacion De La Familia/ Utilize A La Comunidad Como Un Recurso/ Examine Los Medios De Publicidad Y Sus Anuncios/ Promueva Una Imagen Corporal Positiva/ Colabore Con Las Escuelas/ Trabaje En En Equipo/ Sea La Coneccion Con El Cuidado De La Salud

Download Download 99 Maneras….
(PDF, 3 MB, 8 pages)

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Healthy After School Snack Guide - Spanish Version
Healthy After School Snack Guide - Spanish Version NEW! Available in Spanish- language, the must-read healthy snack guide for after school programs. Nutrition guidelines can get a bit confusing; That's why CANFIT has done the work for you to make it easier to serve healthy snacks in your after school program. The guide has menus using foods that can be easily obtained at convenience stores and that fall within the federal reimbursement rate budget. The guide also contains two-week sample cycle menus, shopping lists and 26 healthy snack recipes.

Download Download Healthy After School Snack Guide - Spanish Version
(PDF, 811 kb, 53 pages)

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Healthy After School Snack and Meal Guide (Revised March 2014)
Healthy After School Snack and Meal Guide (Revised March 2014) This new afterschool snack and meal guide, revised March 2014, includes information on the federal after school meal program. Nutrition guidelines for snacks and meals served in after school programs can get a bit confusing. CANFIT has done the work for you to make it easier to serve healthy snacks and meals in your after school program. The guide has menus using foods that can be easily obtained at convenience stores and that fall within the federal reimbursement rate budget. (Please note that the CACFP and NSLP rates have increased to $.80 per snack/$3.16 per meal effective June 2013 - June 2014.) The guide also contains two-week sample cycle menus, a Costco shopping list and 26 healthy snack recipes!

Download Download Healthy After School Snack and Meal Guide (Revised March 2014)
(PDF, 2.0 MB, 80 pages)

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99 Ways Toolkit
99 Ways Toolkit The 99 Ways is an interactive booklet that provides everything from nutrition and fitness lesson plans to shopping menu tips to strategies to involve parents and community members -- all to help you make your after school program and your community healthier places for youth and families.

Download Download 99 Ways Toolkit
(2.97 mb, 8 pages)

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CANFIT Snack Policy Brief
CANFIT Snack Policy Brief We have a golden opportunity to improve the lives and health of millions of children by providing high quality snacks within the federal child nutrition programs. The following recommendations can help us achieve this goal, and should be considered as you review child nutrition program re-authorization legislation.

Download Download CANFIT Snack Policy Brief
(136 kb, 2 pages)

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How to Talk Food & Physical Activity to Youth
How to Talk Food & Physical Activity to Youth MO Project is working to create healthy communities by changing systems that affect two of our most basic needs: food and physical activity. The main way we’re doing it is encouraging youth to think about food and physical activity systems.

Download Download How to Talk Food & Physical Activity to Youth
(8.53 MB, 6 pages)

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2009 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act Recommendations
2009 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act Recommendations While considerable efforts are underway to improve the nutritional quality of foods and beverages in schools, the quality of federally subsidized foods provided outside of schools settings has not been addressed. Child nutrition programs that provide healthy, green, fair and affordable foods are critical to nourish healthy children who will thrive. The document outlines CANFIT's recommendations to Congress to bring whole foods that are healthy, produced in a sustainable manner, and are affordable to the Child Nutrition Program.

Download Download 2009 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act Recommendations
(49 KB, 2 pages)

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A Vision for “Good Food” for Public Health
A Vision for “Good Food” for Public Health The foundation of a sustainable community-based food system is built on healthy and diverse natural resources. The time is ripe for public health practitioners to commit to a vision of good food and support a sustainable food system by cultivating a food landscape that supports the health, social and economic well-being of individuals, families, farms and communities. The document develops a snapshot of the food system, the public benefits for a sustainable food system, a Good Food Checklist and more.

Download Download A Vision for “Good Food” for Public Health
(837 KB, 10 pages)

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Empowering Youth
Empowering Youth The CDC, USDA, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and CANFIT developed the Empowering Youth manual for use in after school programs and classrooms with youth 11-18 years old. It contains current nutrition and physical activity information to enhance leader knowledge; fun, hands-on activities that teach nutrition concepts; ideas to include nutrition education and physical activity into youth programs and events; resources to help youth develop a nutrition or physical activity related community project; tips, worksheets, handouts, discussion prompters and more!

Download Download Empowering Youth
(Chapters 1-8 available for download at the USDA Team Nutrition Website)

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CANFIT Materials Order Form
CANFIT Materials Order Form The CANFIT Material Order Form is available for you to easily purchase the CANFIT P.H.A.T. DVD program, the CANFIT supermanual and many more exclusive items tailored to nutrition and physical activity for youth in communities of color. Download the form and mail/fax to CANFIT.

Download Download CANFIT Materials Order Form
(PDF, 59.7 kb, 2 pages)

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What Are You Really Paying For? Youth Activity
What Are You Really Paying For? Youth Activity This interactive activity allows youth to learn about the different strategies food companies use to get them to purchase products, assess how much money they spend on convenience food and brainstorm ways to reduce their convenience food purchases.

Download Download What Are You Really Paying For? Youth Activity
(PDF, 79 KB, 7 pages)

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Nutrition & Activity Matters - Youth Activity
Nutrition & Activity Matters - Youth Activity Nutrition & Activity Matters is a skill-building, interactive activity that will get youth engaged in learning why nutrition and physical activity are important parts of daily life. This is a great way to introduce these principles and can be used in a school, after school, community or adult setting.

Download Download Nutrition & Activity Matters - Youth Activity
(PDF, 135 KB, 2 pages)

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Are You Getting Played by Ronald McDonald?
Are You Getting Played by Ronald McDonald? This handout talks about fast food, junk food and soda advertising and the marketing tactics used to lure youth into buying unhealthy products.

Download Download Are You Getting Played by Ronald McDonald?
(PDF, 1.32 KB, 1 page)

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Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy Recommendations for After School Programs
Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy Recommendations for After School Programs This paper recommends nutrition and physical activity policies for after school programs and communities that can be implemented either legislatively or institutionally.

Download Download Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy Recommendations for After School Programs
(PDF, 26.1 KB, 3 pages)

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Physical Activity


CANFIT’s ACTIVE8
CANFIT’s ACTIVE8 CANFIT's ACTIVE8 (activate) is an 8-step guide for after school/community program staff which engages youth by creating opportunities for physical activity that are enjoyable, meets their needs and involves and encourages participation of all, including peers, staff, administrators, parents and community members. It is designed to help youth providers 1) incorporate “simple, yet appropriate” physical activities and 2) create a positive physical activity culture through improving policies in your after school, community and neighborhood. Throughout the guide are tips on how to effectively incorporate everyday physical activity, what types of exercises are appropriate and how to involve youth in improving their physical activity environment. It is our intention to make physical activity easy, fun and enjoyable for youth and provide a range of choices and activities that will continue to keep young people ACTIVE8’ed and moving!

Download Download CANFIT’s ACTIVE8
(The entire ACTIVE8 Curriculum can be downloaded in 8 parts)

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99 Maneras….
99 Maneras…. ESTE FOLLETO INCLUYE IDEAS SENCILLAS PARA QUE USTED: Promueva La Al imentacion Saludable/ Incluya Actividades Fisicas/ Incorpore La Cultura/ Considere El Desarroll o DE L Personal Una Prioridad/ Seleccione Personal Ejemplar Para Los Jovenes/ Asigne A Los Jovenes En Posiciones De Liderazgo/ Promueva La Participacion De La Familia/ Utilize A La Comunidad Como Un Recurso/ Examine Los Medios De Publicidad Y Sus Anuncios/ Promueva Una Imagen Corporal Positiva/ Colabore Con Las Escuelas/ Trabaje En En Equipo/ Sea La Coneccion Con El Cuidado De La Salud

Download Download 99 Maneras….
(PDF, 3 MB, 8 pages)

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Physical Activity Guidelines Matrix
Physical Activity Guidelines Matrix Get more physical activity in your after school or community program today. CANFIT has developed an easy way to breakdown the CDE physical activity guidelines into a simple matrix that can be incorporated into your everyday programming.

Download Download Physical Activity Guidelines Matrix
(360 kb, 2 pages)

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After School Physical Activity Guidelines
After School Physical Activity Guidelines CANFIT wanted to get a sense of how the new California After School Physical Activity Guidelines can support youth in all after school programs, especially those with limited resources. Download now to implement quality after school physical activity and get healthy snack tips. Bonus Inside: A Physical Activity Matrix to improve staff skills to implement the guidelines.

Download Download After School Physical Activity Guidelines
(747 KB, 13 pages)

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99 Ways Toolkit
99 Ways Toolkit The 99 Ways is an interactive booklet that provides everything from nutrition and fitness lesson plans to shopping menu tips to strategies to involve parents and community members -- all to help you make your after school program and your community healthier places for youth and families.

Download Download 99 Ways Toolkit
(2.97 mb, 8 pages)

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CANFIT After School Physical Activity Pyramid
CANFIT After School Physical Activity Pyramid You’ve heard of the Food Pyramid. CANFIT developed a Physical Activity Pyramid for After School Programs to get youth active every day. This document is a simple and easy to understand description of how to organize physical activity in your program. Try it today!

Download Download CANFIT After School Physical Activity Pyramid
(367 kb, 1 page)

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After School Physical Activity Policy Brief
After School Physical Activity Policy Brief Physical activity is known to be an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but policies and programs aimed at improving the health and wellness of youth often overlook the importance of physical activity in their lives. Compounding the situation, many schools lack the resources and infrastructure to meet recommendations for daily physical activity and physical education during the school day. This brief describes the landscape of physical activity for youth in California today.

Download Download After School Physical Activity Policy Brief
(1.31 MB, 17pages)

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Expanding Opportunities for After School Physical Activity
Expanding Opportunities for After School Physical Activity This policy brief presents recommendations from the Youth Activity Policy (YAP) project funded by Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Region’s Healthy Eating Active Living Initiative. The brief examines the neighborhood structures that are already serving youth and assesses how they might become engaged in community health initiatives that strengthen or expand physical activity opportunities for young people. Eight recommendations are outlined for this process.

Download Download Expanding Opportunities for After School Physical Activity
(PDF, 798kb, 13 pages)

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How to Talk Food & Physical Activity to Youth
How to Talk Food & Physical Activity to Youth MO Project is working to create healthy communities by changing systems that affect two of our most basic needs: food and physical activity. The main way we’re doing it is encouraging youth to think about food and physical activity systems.

Download Download How to Talk Food & Physical Activity to Youth
(8.53 MB, 6 pages)

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Empowering Youth
Empowering Youth The CDC, USDA, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and CANFIT developed the Empowering Youth manual for use in after school programs and classrooms with youth 11-18 years old. It contains current nutrition and physical activity information to enhance leader knowledge; fun, hands-on activities that teach nutrition concepts; ideas to include nutrition education and physical activity into youth programs and events; resources to help youth develop a nutrition or physical activity related community project; tips, worksheets, handouts, discussion prompters and more!

Download Download Empowering Youth
(Chapters 1-8 available for download at the USDA Team Nutrition Website)

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CANFIT Materials Order Form
CANFIT Materials Order Form The CANFIT Material Order Form is available for you to easily purchase the CANFIT P.H.A.T. DVD program, the CANFIT supermanual and many more exclusive items tailored to nutrition and physical activity for youth in communities of color. Download the form and mail/fax to CANFIT.

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(PDF, 59.7 kb, 2 pages)

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Nutrition & Activity Matters - Youth Activity
Nutrition & Activity Matters - Youth Activity Nutrition & Activity Matters is a skill-building, interactive activity that will get youth engaged in learning why nutrition and physical activity are important parts of daily life. This is a great way to introduce these principles and can be used in a school, after school, community or adult setting.

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(PDF, 135 KB, 2 pages)

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Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy Recommendations for After School Programs
Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy Recommendations for After School Programs This paper recommends nutrition and physical activity policies for after school programs and communities that can be implemented either legislatively or institutionally.

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(PDF, 26.1 KB, 3 pages)

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Physical Activity Training Resources for Youth Providers
Physical Activity Training Resources for Youth Providers The organizations listed in this table offer a variety of trainings in physical activity for program staff. Examples include teaching youth providers indoor and outdoor games, incorporating sports into after school programs, creating an activity program and building a community playground.

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(PDF, 150 KB, 2 pages)

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Obesity Prevention/Communities of Color


Healthy After School Snack Guide - Spanish Version
Healthy After School Snack Guide - Spanish Version NEW! Available in Spanish- language, the must-read healthy snack guide for after school programs. Nutrition guidelines can get a bit confusing; That's why CANFIT has done the work for you to make it easier to serve healthy snacks in your after school program. The guide has menus using foods that can be easily obtained at convenience stores and that fall within the federal reimbursement rate budget. The guide also contains two-week sample cycle menus, shopping lists and 26 healthy snack recipes.

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(PDF, 811 kb, 53 pages)

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Physical Activity Guidelines Matrix
Physical Activity Guidelines Matrix Get more physical activity in your after school or community program today. CANFIT has developed an easy way to breakdown the CDE physical activity guidelines into a simple matrix that can be incorporated into your everyday programming.

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(360 kb, 2 pages)

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After School Physical Activity Guidelines
After School Physical Activity Guidelines CANFIT wanted to get a sense of how the new California After School Physical Activity Guidelines can support youth in all after school programs, especially those with limited resources. Download now to implement quality after school physical activity and get healthy snack tips. Bonus Inside: A Physical Activity Matrix to improve staff skills to implement the guidelines.

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(747 KB, 13 pages)

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CANFIT Snack Policy Brief
CANFIT Snack Policy Brief We have a golden opportunity to improve the lives and health of millions of children by providing high quality snacks within the federal child nutrition programs. The following recommendations can help us achieve this goal, and should be considered as you review child nutrition program re-authorization legislation.

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(136 kb, 2 pages)

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CANFIT’s Cultural Needs Assessment Guide
CANFIT’s Cultural Needs Assessment Guide This guide outlines a process for uncovering the role of culture in the nutrition and physical activity habits of African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian youth.

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(PDF, 293 KB, 65 pages)

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CANFIT Materials Order Form
CANFIT Materials Order Form The CANFIT Material Order Form is available for you to easily purchase the CANFIT P.H.A.T. DVD program, the CANFIT supermanual and many more exclusive items tailored to nutrition and physical activity for youth in communities of color. Download the form and mail/fax to CANFIT.

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(PDF, 59.7 kb, 2 pages)

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Nutrition & Physical Activity Data for California’s Latino Youth
Nutrition & Physical Activity Data for California’s Latino Youth This information comes from needs assessments and interventions conducted by CANFIT grantees that worked with Latino youth between 1995 and 2002. The grantees included City of Paso Robles, El Concilio del Condado de Ventura, Escondido Community Health Center, Hispanos Unidos, InnerCity Struggle, La Clinica de la Raza, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Monterey County Health Department, San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, and YWCA of San Francisco. Although some grantee projects produced quantitative data, much of the information presented here comes from focus groups, interviews and observation.

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(PDF, 210 KB, 2 pages)

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Nutrition & Physical Activity Data for California’s Low Income Asian/Pacific Islander Youth
Nutrition & Physical Activity Data for California’s Low Income Asian/Pacific Islander Youth This information comes from needs assessments and interventions conducted by CANFIT grantees that worked with Asian/Pacific Islander youth between 1995 and 2002. The grantees included Community Action Partnership of Orange County, Health Education Council, Kalusugan Community Services, Korean Health Education, Information, and Referral Center , St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation/Southeast Asian Health Project, and Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center. Although some grantee projects produced quantitative data, much of the information presented here comes from focus groups, interviews and observation.

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(PDF, 209 KB, 2 pages)

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Nutrition & Physical Activity Data for California’s Low Income American Indian Youth
Nutrition & Physical Activity Data for California’s Low Income American Indian Youth This information comes from needs assessments and interventions conducted by CANFIT grantees that worked with American Indian youth between 1995 and 2002. The grantees included Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Viejas Indian School, American Indian Child Resource Center, American Indian Public Charter School, Indian Health Council, and United American Indian Involvement. Although some grantee projects produced quantitative data, much of the information presented here comes from focus groups, interviews and observation.

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Nutrition & Physical Activity Data for California’s Low Income African American Youth
Nutrition & Physical Activity Data for California’s Low Income African American Youth This information comes from needs assessments and interventions conducted by CANFIT grantees that worked with African American youth between 1995 and 2002. The grantees included Bayview Hunters Point, Berkeley Youth Alternatives, Culver City Health Clinic, Girls After School Academy, Girls, Inc, and San Leandro Boys and Girls Club as well as the 100 Black Men of America Nutrition and Physical Activity Project. Although some grantee projects produced quantitative data, much of the information presented here comes from focus groups, interviews and observation.

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Nutrition & Physical Activity Data for California’s Low Income Youth in Communities of Color
Nutrition & Physical Activity Data for California’s Low Income Youth in Communities of Color This information comes from needs assessments and interventions conducted by CANFIT grantees from 1995-2002. Although some grantee projects produced quantitative data, much of the information presented here comes from focus groups, interviews and observation.

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(PDF, 211 KB, 2 pages)

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Project REAL: A Model for Assessing Nutrition and Physical Activity in Asian/Pacific Islander Youth
Project REAL: A Model for Assessing Nutrition and Physical Activity in Asian/Pacific Islander Youth Project REAL was developed to improve the nutrition and physical activity of Asian/Pacific Islander youth. This report highlights the results of the pilot program that was conducted with Asian American and Pacific Islander youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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(PDF, 59 KB, 13 pages)

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Days of Dialogue: Obesity and Diabetes Prevention in Communities of Color
Days of Dialogue: Obesity and Diabetes Prevention in Communities of Color CANFIT & the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) conducted a series of meetings with policy experts and representatives from communities of color in California to discuss policies related to diabetes and obesity prevention. This report discusses future recommendations based on the meetings.

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(PDF, 477 KB, 11 pages)

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Communities of Color Issue Briefing Paper: Addressing the Obesity Epidemic
Communities of Color Issue Briefing Paper: Addressing the Obesity Epidemic This issue brief discusses social and environmental contributors that affect communities of color in the obesity epidemic. It also proposes nutrition and physical activity policy solutions and stresses that in addition to developing effective programs, policy responses are essential to combatting obesity as well.

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Promoting Health and Preventing Obesity in After School Programs: Critical Issues to Consider
Promoting Health and Preventing Obesity in After School Programs: Critical Issues to Consider Many after school programs miss the opportunity to provide healthy eating and physical activity experiences to youth. In this working paper, CANFit examines opportunities for after school programs to address the physical activity and nutrition needs of adolescents in low income communities and communities of color.

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Policy


CANFIT’s ACTIVE8
CANFIT’s ACTIVE8 CANFIT's ACTIVE8 (activate) is an 8-step guide for after school/community program staff which engages youth by creating opportunities for physical activity that are enjoyable, meets their needs and involves and encourages participation of all, including peers, staff, administrators, parents and community members. It is designed to help youth providers 1) incorporate “simple, yet appropriate” physical activities and 2) create a positive physical activity culture through improving policies in your after school, community and neighborhood. Throughout the guide are tips on how to effectively incorporate everyday physical activity, what types of exercises are appropriate and how to involve youth in improving their physical activity environment. It is our intention to make physical activity easy, fun and enjoyable for youth and provide a range of choices and activities that will continue to keep young people ACTIVE8’ed and moving!

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After School Physical Activity Guidelines
After School Physical Activity Guidelines CANFIT wanted to get a sense of how the new California After School Physical Activity Guidelines can support youth in all after school programs, especially those with limited resources. Download now to implement quality after school physical activity and get healthy snack tips. Bonus Inside: A Physical Activity Matrix to improve staff skills to implement the guidelines.

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(747 KB, 13 pages)

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CANFIT Snack Policy Brief
CANFIT Snack Policy Brief We have a golden opportunity to improve the lives and health of millions of children by providing high quality snacks within the federal child nutrition programs. The following recommendations can help us achieve this goal, and should be considered as you review child nutrition program re-authorization legislation.

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After School Physical Activity Policy Brief
After School Physical Activity Policy Brief Physical activity is known to be an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but policies and programs aimed at improving the health and wellness of youth often overlook the importance of physical activity in their lives. Compounding the situation, many schools lack the resources and infrastructure to meet recommendations for daily physical activity and physical education during the school day. This brief describes the landscape of physical activity for youth in California today.

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(1.31 MB, 17pages)

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Expanding Opportunities for After School Physical Activity
Expanding Opportunities for After School Physical Activity This policy brief presents recommendations from the Youth Activity Policy (YAP) project funded by Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Region’s Healthy Eating Active Living Initiative. The brief examines the neighborhood structures that are already serving youth and assesses how they might become engaged in community health initiatives that strengthen or expand physical activity opportunities for young people. Eight recommendations are outlined for this process.

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2009 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act Recommendations
2009 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act Recommendations While considerable efforts are underway to improve the nutritional quality of foods and beverages in schools, the quality of federally subsidized foods provided outside of schools settings has not been addressed. Child nutrition programs that provide healthy, green, fair and affordable foods are critical to nourish healthy children who will thrive. The document outlines CANFIT's recommendations to Congress to bring whole foods that are healthy, produced in a sustainable manner, and are affordable to the Child Nutrition Program.

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A Vision for “Good Food” for Public Health
A Vision for “Good Food” for Public Health The foundation of a sustainable community-based food system is built on healthy and diverse natural resources. The time is ripe for public health practitioners to commit to a vision of good food and support a sustainable food system by cultivating a food landscape that supports the health, social and economic well-being of individuals, families, farms and communities. The document develops a snapshot of the food system, the public benefits for a sustainable food system, a Good Food Checklist and more.

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Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy Recommendations for After School Programs
Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy Recommendations for After School Programs This paper recommends nutrition and physical activity policies for after school programs and communities that can be implemented either legislatively or institutionally.

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Spanish Language Materials


99 Maneras….
99 Maneras…. ESTE FOLLETO INCLUYE IDEAS SENCILLAS PARA QUE USTED: Promueva La Al imentacion Saludable/ Incluya Actividades Fisicas/ Incorpore La Cultura/ Considere El Desarroll o DE L Personal Una Prioridad/ Seleccione Personal Ejemplar Para Los Jovenes/ Asigne A Los Jovenes En Posiciones De Liderazgo/ Promueva La Participacion De La Familia/ Utilize A La Comunidad Como Un Recurso/ Examine Los Medios De Publicidad Y Sus Anuncios/ Promueva Una Imagen Corporal Positiva/ Colabore Con Las Escuelas/ Trabaje En En Equipo/ Sea La Coneccion Con El Cuidado De La Salud

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(PDF, 3 MB, 8 pages)

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Healthy After School Snack Guide - Spanish Version
Healthy After School Snack Guide - Spanish Version NEW! Available in Spanish- language, the must-read healthy snack guide for after school programs. Nutrition guidelines can get a bit confusing; That's why CANFIT has done the work for you to make it easier to serve healthy snacks in your after school program. The guide has menus using foods that can be easily obtained at convenience stores and that fall within the federal reimbursement rate budget. The guide also contains two-week sample cycle menus, shopping lists and 26 healthy snack recipes.

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(PDF, 811 kb, 53 pages)

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Recetas para el Exito (Recipes for Success) Manual - Part 1
Recetas para el Exito (Recipes for Success) Manual - Part 1 Recetas para el Exito is a practical, Spanish-language "how-to" guide for those wanting to create a nutrition and physical activity program for adolescent youth. The manual can be downloaded in five parts.

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(PDF, 2.7 MB, 11 pages)

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Recetas para el Exito (Recipes for Success) Manual - Part 2
Recetas para el Exito (Recipes for Success) Manual - Part 2 Recetas para el Exito - Part 2

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(PDF, 336 KB, 10 pages)

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Recetas para el Exito (Recipes for Success) Manual - Part 3
Recetas para el Exito (Recipes for Success) Manual - Part 3 Recetas para el Exito - Part 3

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(PDF, 376 KB, 18 pages)

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Recetas para el Exito (Recipes for Success) Manual - Part 4
Recetas para el Exito (Recipes for Success) Manual - Part 4 Recetas para el Exito - Part 4

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(PDF, 326 KB, 16 pages)

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Recetas para el Exito (Recipes for Success) Manual - Part 5
Recetas para el Exito (Recipes for Success) Manual - Part 5 Recetas para el Exito - Part 5

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(PDF, 861 KB, 24 pages)

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Muévete Más, No te Quedes Sentado (Do More, Watch Less Spanish Version)
Muévete Más, No te Quedes Sentado (Do More, Watch Less Spanish Version) "Muévete Más, No te Quedes Sentado" is a 4-session curriculum developed by the California Dept. of Health Services aimed to improve the health of youth by challenging them to spend less time in front of the screen (TV, computer, and video) and more time doing fun screen-free activities.

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(PDF, 1.89 MB, 35 pages)

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Is Your Food a “Healthy Choice”? (Spanish Version)
Is Your Food a “Healthy Choice”? (Spanish Version) An interactive handout (in Spanish) used with a food label to determine if a food item is a healthy choice for youth.

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(PDF, 61.4 KB, 1 page)

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