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February 21, 2015

2015 CANFIT Priorities

Learn what CANFIT is doing in 2015 to improve food and fitness environments. Check out this blog for more information.


Policy Issues - Child and Adult Care Food Program – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released Proposed Healthier Meal Standards for Federal Food Programs serving Child Care and Afterschool Programs. Duedate: April 15th). CANFIT will poll our network and provide comments on the new proposed regulations for this federal program that authorizes snacks and meals in expanded learning/after school programs. - Farm to Afterschool – work with expanded learning organizations to create a pilot project. - Summer Food Truck – collaborate with the Summer Food Coalition to develop a food truck that provides culturally-appropriate, federally reimbursable summer meals to youth at community and rural sites. - Youth Career Pipeline – produce a policy brief that outlines strategies to increase post-high school leadership opportunities for low- income youth in food and built environment jobs and careers. - Racial Equity – examine policy levers and strategies to dismantle racial and structural inequities that limit access and opportunities for food systems workers. Training and Technical Assistance - Afterschool Meal Quality – provide tools, webinars, and resources so that after school programs serve high quality meals that are tasty, healthy, reflect the culture of students, and qualify for federal reimbursement. - Youth Engagement – support the WK Kellogg Food and Community Initiative by providing technical assistance to youth coordinators in the six national Food and Fitness sites (Oakland, Holyoke, Boston, NE Iowa, Detroit, and Seattle). - Professional Development Cohort – create regional cohorts in California of 10-15 health professionals working in low income communities of color on the intersection of healthy eating, racial equity, physical activity, and advocacy. - Consulting Services – working with local partners and a network of consultants, CANFIT provides strategic consultation and staff training in developing culturally appropriate policies and practices in food and fitness programs that support youth engagement, and afterschool nutrition and physical activity. Thought Leadership - Social Media – regularly contribute to public discourse through blog postings, Twitter, and other social media platforms. - CANFIT will continue to participate on state and national advisory groups, including: California Afterschool Network – Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee (co-chair) NIOST - Healthy Out-of-School Time (HOST) Coalition (Advocacy/Policy and Implementation work groups) Kaiser Thriving Schools – Advisory Group Material Development - Write a CANFIT Primer based upon best practices and learnings from implementing healthy eating and physical activity programs for adolescents in low-income communities of color across the country. - Digitize and post on [url=][/url] educational and other resource materials developed over CANFIT’s 20 year history. Interested in helping these priorities move forward? Please donate today to help us turn them into reality.

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