Due to the number of US children who attend various types of afterschool care, it is becoming increasingly clear that out-of-school time staff can play an essential role in helping young people eat healthy and stay active. In order to effectively implement programs and policies that advance wellness, however, afterschool staff need high quality tools and resources. This session will outline the value of afterschool care, and provide specific ideas to help make out-of-school time programs part of an effective strategy to help children eat better and move more.

Specifically, this interactive forum will:

  • Present childhood obesity statistics as well as recent AfterSchool Alliance data on the number of youth in afterschool programs
  • Address the history and development of the National AfterSchool Association Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
  • Share examples from afterschool providers across the country successfully implementing the Standards and best practices
  • Outline available professional development resources that can be used to advance healthy eating and physical activity in out-of-school time


Daniel W. Hatcher, MPH

Advisor, National Healthy Out-of-School Time

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Washington, DC

Daniel W. Hatcher serves as National Healthy Out-of-School Time Advisor for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Daniel is responsible for managing and delivering technical assistance services and resources for out-of-school time sites as they work to achieve the National AfterSchool Association Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards. Daniel currently…

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Jennifer Hofman, MS

Health Partnerships and Policy Specialist, Healthy Living and Government Relations Team

YMCA of the USA

Washington, DC

Jennifer Hofman currently serves as the Health Partnerships and Policy Specialist with the YMCA of the USA’s Healthy Living and Government Relations teams.  Jennifer has been with Y-USA for 3 years helping to support the various Healthier Communities Initiatives and offering support for the adoption and implementation of the Healthy…

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Jean Wiecha, MS, PhD

Senior Scientist

RTI International

Waltham, MA

Jean Wiecha is a senior scientist at RTI International and is nationally known for her work in childhood obesity, with 25 years of research and leadership in community, academia, and state govern­ment settings. A co-founder and co-chair of the Healthy Out-of-School Time Coalition, Dr. Wiecha participated in leading the development…

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Amanda Wilson, MS

Project Manager, Strategic Engagement Coordinator, Active Living Research

A National Program of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation

University of California, San Diego

Amanda Wilson is a Project Manager and Strategic Engagement Coordinator for Active Living Research (ALR). She oversees multiple projects and contributes to the communication, dissemination and capacity-building efforts of the program. Amanda manages ALR’s special supplement journals, provides technical assistance to grantees and plays a lead role in the coordination…

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