Community youth programs

After-school program guide - Program resources

A variety of after-shool programs are available to help youth achieve energy balance. Click on each program for a description of select after-school programs.

General Resources

Healthy Behaviors for Children and Families: Developing Exemplary Practices in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Food Security in Afterschool Programs, Center for Collaborative Solutions, March 2007. (funded by USDA Food Stamp Program, California Nutrition Network for Healthy, Active Families, and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation)

Nourish Their Bodies, Feed Their Minds: An Afterschool Guide (PDF)
This downloadable resource guide provides after-school and summer programs with detailed information on how to participate in the federal child nutrition programs, why and how to draw down federal funds for good nutrition in these programs, and how to add nutrition education to programming.

Physical Activity Resources

CATCH Kids Club
CATCH Kids Club (CKC) brings healthy activity to after-school and community recreation programs for children ages 5-11.

SPARK After School has been developed for all out-of-school PE physical activity programs for children and adolescents ages 5-14.

Shape Up Somerville HEAT Afterschool Program
The HEAT Club (Healthy Eating, Active Time) after-school curriculum lessons are geared toward cooking, creativity, and physical activity in youth ages 5-10.

Empowering Youth with Nutrition & Physical Activity
Empowering Youth is a physical activity and nutrition manual for use in after-school programs and classrooms with youth 11-18 years old.

Reduced Screen Time Resources

Media-Smart Youth
Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! is an interactive after-school education program for young people ages 11 to 13. It is designed to help teach them about the complex media world around them, and how it can affect their health – especially in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.

Do More, Watch Less (PDF)
Do More, Watch Less! is a toolkit for after-school programs and youth-serving organizations to encourage tweens (ages 10-14) to incorporate more screen-free activities into their lives while reducing the time they spend watching TV, surfing the Internet, and playing video games.

Healthy Meal Resources

Enriching Family Mealtimes
This family mealtime tool kit includes a leader's guide, mealtime tip sheets, conversation starters for all age groups, weekly meal planners, recipes and more.

Operation Frontline: Kids Up Front
This program teaches kids ages 8-12 about healthy eating, how healthy eating affects their performance, and how to make easy nutritious foods at home.

Healthy Kids Challenge: A La Carte Breakfast and A La Carte Snacking
Interactive classroom or community program lessons for youth ages 5-11 that feature safe food handling, practical culinary skills, tasting, and creative ways of learning math, science, and reading concepts, along with kid- and family-friendly recipes.

Healthy Kids Challenge: Ready, Set, Cook and Eat
Everything you need to know in a 20-page guide for planning a fun, interactive event to promote the return to the kitchen with limited time and resources for quick, simple, healthy meal preparation. Geared toward youth ages 5-11.

Empowering Youth with Food & Physical Activity
Empowering Youth, a manual for use in after-school programs and classrooms with youth 11-18 years old, contains current nutrition and physical activity information to enhance leader knowledge and fun, hands-on activities that teach nutrition concepts.

Kids in the Kitchen
Kids in the Kitchen engages kids ages 5-18 in the preparation of healthy meals and educates them and their parents regarding nutrition and healthy choices.

Operation Frontline: The Power of Eating Right for Teens
The Power of Eating Right for Teens teaches teens ages 13-18 how to make healthy food choices, and prepare healthy meals and snacks.

Healthy Beverage Resources

Power of Choice: Helping Youth Make Healthy Eating and Fitness Decisions
Power of Choice is an after-school program for leaders working with young adolescents ages 11-18 to help them make healthy eating and fitness decisions.

Family Fitness
The Family Fitness Program is an after- or in-school program for all children ages 8-12 to learn about making healthy food choices and fun ways to increase physical activity.

Fruit and Vegetable Resources

There's a Rainbow on My Plate
The activities in this unit teach youth ages 5-12 important lessons about fruits and vegetables, and the role they play in maintaining good health.

Food Champs
Hosted by Produce for Better Health, this Fruits and Veggies – More Matters resource provides online games and downloadable coloring sheets, art projects and activities for kids ages 2-8.

Crunch the Numbers
Crunch the Numbers is a standards-based math program to show students ages 9-10 how to make fruits and vegetables a delicious and healthy part of their lives–because more matters!

Explore the World with Fruits and Vegetables
The Explore the World with Fruits and Vegetables campaign provides fun ideas for nutrition and education professionals to encourage schoolchildren ages 7-12 and their parents to eat more fruits and vegetables by exploring new tastes provided by cuisines from around the world.

Children's Power Play! Campaign
The Network for a Healthy California – Children's Power Play! Campaign is a public health initiative led by the California Department of Public Health and administered by the Public Health Institute. Its purpose is to motivate and empower California's 9- to 11-year-old children to eat 3-5 cups of fruits and veggies and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Share your story

“The Collection Connection 4-H Club had a great time celebrating Go for the Greens. They brought healthy and nutritious "green" foods to share; made spinach and mushroom pizza as a snack; and even shared their health lesson with the local food pantry by collecting canned vegetables for a donation.”

Dawn Olson
Penn State Cooperative Extension
Monroe County