Training Opportunities

Looking for short and simple on-demand trainings? Our virtual training courses break down our Six Step Process and Framework and provide tailored guidance on achieving your physical activity and healthy eating goals. Each opportunity is designed to help connect you to current research, resources, and stories from the field to help you make a difference at your site.

At the end of these lessons, you will be able to identify concrete action steps you can take to implement standards as well as identify where to go to find additional resources.


Jumpstart a Wellness Team

Wellness teams make it easier to create and sustain healthy changes. Here are three ideas to help you build and jump start a wellness team in your out-of-school time program.

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Building Healthy Out-of-School Time: This on-demand lesson introduces the national standards for healthy eating and physical activity in out-of-school time settings and will help you get acquainted with tools and resources created by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to help you achieve your site’s wellness goals.

Why Healthy Out-of-School Time MattersCan the places in which we live, learn, work and play shape our health? This virtual lesson is an on-demand training that will explain why out-of-school time settings are ideal for encouraging healthy behaviors in young people.

Join the Journey This brief lesson covers how to use the Alliance's Six Step Continuous Improvement Process and resources to help increase healthy eating and physical activity in your out-of-school time program.  The lesson highlights how you can use our Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Roadmaps as well as video learning opportunities to get started.

Linkages Between HEPA Standards: This quick lesson will help you think about the multiple linkages between the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards of the Healthy Out-of-School Time Framework. Finding these linkages will help you maximize your efforts.

Healthy Eating

7 Ideas to Help Kids Drink More Water

Water is the best source of hydration for children and adults. It has no calories, is low cost and is readily available from a tap near you! So what can you do to help children drink more water? Here are seven simple ideas to help kids drink more water.

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Healthy Eating 02: Staff Training: During this course we will discuss what healthy actually means when we talk about food, as well as what it takes to create a healthy eating culture. This information is meant to be a general overview of evidence-based healthy eating content. It aligns to the HE 02 best practices in that it is comprehensive, evidence-based, does not support a particular industry or food sector agenda and is delivered by qualified personnel.

Healthy Eating 04: Staff, Family and Community Engagement: This on-demand lesson provides an overview of how staff, family, and community engagement can support a healthy eating culture.

Healthy Eating 05: Organizational Policies and Practices: This lesson introduces the role that organizational policies and practices can play in creating a healthy eating culture.

Healthy Eating 06: Site Environment: This on-demand lesson highlights the role that the physical environment plays in creating a healthy eating culture.

Physical Activity

Physical Activity 01: Building Staff Knowledge

Physical Activity 02: Introduction to Staff Training:  This short, on-demand lesson provides an overview of best practices for training staff to implement physical activity opportunities. You'll leave this lesson with tangible next steps to build staff knowledge and skills for promoting physical activity.

Physical Activity 03: Staff, Family, and Community Support: This on-demand lesson explores a few strategies for making your out-of-school time site a place where youth receive the support and encouragement they need to develop a lifelong love of physical activity.

Physical Activity 04: Policies and Practices: This on-demand lesson highlights strategies for encouraging physical activity through budgeting and management practices. You'll leave this lesson with tangible examples of how to build an organizational culture supportive of physical activity.

Physical Activity 05: Environmental Supports:This on-demand lesson will provide you with tangible next steps to positively impact the physical environment of your out-of-school time site.

Physical Activity in the Winter: If you live in climate where winter means cold weather, don’t let it stop you from encouraging children to be physically active. Children need 60 minutes of physical activity daily no matter if it’s snowing, raining or sunny outside. By watching this short video, you'll learn a few simple and inexpensive ideas that you can try today

Six Step Process

Build Support for Wellness Goals

We all have to work together to ensure our efforts to create healthy out-of-school time are long-lasting and sustainable. Sometimes the most challenging step can be to build support with others. Here are a four tips to help you get others involved and start to take action today.

Tips for Easy Action Planning

Sometimes the hardest part of taking action is identifying your first steps. Here are a few resources to give you a jump start as you begin to bring the National AfterSchool Association Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards to life at your out-of-school time site

Sustain Your Wellness Efforts

Afterschool educators can leave a legacy of helping children live their best and healthiest lives. Leaving a legacy starts with turning great ideas into policies. This video will provide you with simple ideas to sustain your wellness effort!

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Lesson 1: Build Support: This lesson explores the first step in the Six Step Process: Build Support. Following this lesson, you will understand the importance of establishing a team of people that can support and sustain your site’s wellness goals.

Lesson 2: Assess Your Site: This lesson builds on Lesson 1 and covers the Alliance's Healthy Out-of-School Time Inventory. Following the lesson, you will be able to use our online inventory tool to assess your current efforts to promote healthy eating and physical activity at your site.

Lesson 3: Create an Action Plan: This lesson provides an overview of the third step in the Six Step Process: Create an Action Plan.  Following the lesson, you will understand the value of creating an action plan that outlines the steps you will take to achieve your sites wellness goals.  You will also learn how to access and regularly update your online action plan.

Lesson 4: Explore Resources:  In the fourth lesson of our six video series, you will learn to navigate the fourth step of the Six Step Process: Explore Resources. Following the lesson, you will understand how to locate and use the Alliance's online resources and tools to help you achieve the wellness goals identified in your action plan.

Lesson 5: Take Action: Our fifth lesson of our Six Step Process series is designed to help you understand the different paths your site can use to take action to achieve your goals.  Following the lesson, you will be able to apply new strategies to take action, as well as understand how to build momentum through documenting and communicating your progress.

Lesson 6: Celebrate Successes: In our sixth lesson of our Six Step Process series, you will explore our sixth step: Celebrate Successes. During the lesson, you will learn how you can highlight or celebrate the great work of staff, youth participants, community partners, and families in achieiving your wellness goals.

Training Center

We want to make sure you have the tools and training you need to take the next steps at your site. Enter our Training Center to view all our comprehensive trainings, or scroll down to view quick on-demand opportunities.

Just Getting Started?

All of our training opportunities can be found in our Training Center, which you will see after you log in and request access to any lesson.

While in our Training Center, you will notice our virtual community called “Connect.” This is where people in certain courses can network, share ideas, and learn from one another.

Your Transcript

After you're in our Training Center, you will see that your transcript is where the action is. In the future, use your transcript to:

  • Launch or join live virtual trainings at the time of the event
  • Open and launch on-demand lessons at your convenience
  • Keep track of all your completed and active trainings

Talk with Our Expert

Jill Turley is one of our National Nutrition Advisors.
Ask her questions, get her suggestions, and see how she can help you create a healthier environment.

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