This guide is designed to help program directors, leadership team members, site directors and partners – in an intentional and systematic way – strengthen afterschool programs to help students develop healthy lifestyle habits. The six practices have been vetted with expert stakeholders and afterschool practitioners, and implemented at an exemplary level by ten afterschool programs across the state of California.
Each chapter defines and explains a particular practice and offers concrete examples of how the Healthy Behaviors afterschool programs involved have developed and strengthened their approaches, overcome obstacles and achieved their goals. Indicators at the end of each chapter will help users establish baselines and identify what should be addressed. Programs are encouraged to focus on one or two high priority areas at a time and then assess progress at three- and six-month intervals.