Complete assessment of current after school program practices
Programs should assess their policies and practices related to healthy eating, beverages, and physical activity. This should include collecting data on beverages currently being served to children as an afterschool snack.
Hold learning communities, including training of after school program coordinators and writing after school wellness policies
Invite after school program directors and staff to participate in a series of three learning community sessions (see resource tab for more details).
Meetings should be held at the participating site during various times of the day to ensure participation. As part of the sessions, staff should set actionable goals to improve program practices and communicated changes.
Review and revise district snack menus and beverage serving plans. Your team should partner with the school's food and nutrition services to review snack menus and provide nutritional and price analyses to support modifications to menus and beverage serving plans. These modified menus promoted water as the primary beverage.
Establish water-delivery systems to ensure children are served water during snack time. Water-serving plans should be determined based on infrastructure issues, program size, and applicable costs. Each plan should be tailored to the needs of the school or organization operating the afterschool program. Options for providing water have ranged from tap water in pitchers or jugs to bottled water in coolers.
Engage stakeholders through parent newsletters, and get buy-in from food and nutrition services and school administrators. Understanding and acceptance of the program by parents and school staff are essential to its success. OSNAP provides sample language and templates for parent communications (see resources tab).
Implement hydration units from Food Fun After school Curriculum in after school programs. After school staff should have received the Food Fun curriculum during learning communities and had the option to receive training on implementation of the curriculum. Example curriculum includes involving children in art activities and weekly water-helper duties. For more detailed information, please visit the Website.