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In OSNAP trainings, which are offered through a Learning Community model, program directors and staff come together to share and learn from each other to make practical health and wellness changes in their after school program.  The program works by:

  • After school programs sign up for three Learning Communities training sessions. A learning community is a 3-3.5 hour of interactive, facilitated discussions, where teams learn valuable strategies and create actionable goals.
  • Before attending the first session, the program director or staff completes a practice assessment to evaluate current practices and determine which OSNAP goals to work on.
  • Programs attend three training sessions where they meet other afterschool programs to learn new information, skills and strategies about healthy eating and physical activity. Programs create actions plans to help them achieve their OSNAP goals. 
  • Programs attend 90 minute Food and Fun session, a separate nutrition and physical activity education training.
  • OSNAP staff provides programs with additional resources, guidance, and support between training sessions.
  • Programs continue to monitor their progress and complete a post assessment to see if their action plans have resulted in healthier environments.

OSNAP Benefits to after school programs:

  • Program staff receive skill-based training in examining their nutrition and physical activity environments, practices and policies, as well as the opportunity to share dialog with other after school programs
  • Continuing Education: Staff who attend at least 10 hours of training (all three Learning Communities) are eligible to receive Continuing Education credits (CEUs) from Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
  • Food & Fun Curriculum: Programs receive a free, evidence-based curriculum (available either via CD or on the web), including online training videos. The eleven teaching units help programs incorporate healthy snacks and recipes, physically active games, and creative learning activities into regular program schedules. The curriculum also includes parent communication materials and other program resources.
  • OSNAP Environmental and Policy Change Initiative: Programs will participate in the OSNAP assessment process, using tools that have been found to be valid and reliable measures of physical activity and nutrition practices at programs. Programs will also receive free resources such as the OSNAP policy writing guide, physical activity breaks and small space activity ideas and ideas for healthy celebrations. All materials are available on the web.
  • Incentives: Aside from gaining valuable knowledge in creating change within the after school environment, all programs receive incentives, such as indoor and outdoor physical activity supplies. Staff who attend all three training sessions may be compensated for their time.

Kids being active and eating healthy foods

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