Teaching Kids to Eat Healthy
And Get Moving After-school
Mini-grant Application Resource Sheet
Due to the rise in childhood obesity, the U.S. government has identified after-school programs as
effective opportunities for improving nutrition, nutrition education and physical activity in
school-age children. After-school programs are unique in that they often merge a variety of ages,
they may have to make use of a small work space, and they provide educational assistance while
encouraging students to relax through social activities.
This resource provides examples of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Objectives for after-
school programs. Objectives are short statements of what activities you would like to incorporate
into your program in order to meet a goal. You will find a list of After-school Program
Resources on the Healthy After-School web page. The resources are meant to assist you in
meeting your objective(s). They have been chosen for their efficacy and adaptability to after-
school situations. A few of the programs must be purchased ($$), but the rest are downloadable,
free upon request, or available for borrowing.
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Objectives
1. To educate students about healthy eating through fun, quick, interactive activities.
2. To integrate healthy eating and/or physical activity messages into after-school programs
focusing on core subjects.
3. To provide take-home projects or activities for students to convey healthy eating and
physical activity messages to their families.
4. To increase physical activity in your program through inexpensive, creative and/or space-
5. To implement a school/community garden to educate students about healthy eating and to
increase fruit and vegetable consumption.
6. To use technology-based activities to teach healthy eating and physical activity.
7. To initiate a service-learning project focused on healthy eating or physical activity.
8. To initiate a student advocacy project based on healthy food and physical activity.
9. To teach students how to make their own healthy after-school snack with hands-on
10. To initiate a peer-education project focused on promoting healthy eating or physical
The Illinois Nutrition Education & Training Program is supported by the Illinois State Board of
This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. The contents of this publication do not necessarily
reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade
names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Illinois Nutrition Education & Training Program - In accordance with Federal law and U. S.
Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis
of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C.
20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity
provider and employer.