Online Program

State Level Policy Pathways to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards in Out-of-School Time Programs

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Julie Ralston Aoki, JD, Public Health Law Center, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN
Out-of-school (OST) environments are a key part of  the spectrum of opportunities to reduce and prevent obesity in children. Implementation of nutrition and physical activity standards in OST settings complements school regulations and wellness policies, as well as healthy child development concepts embodied in state child care licensing laws.  Yet, many OST programs are exempt from the nutrition and physical activity standards included in these regulatory schemes. Further, while OST programs share some of the needs and barriers as these settings in promoting nutrition and physical activity, they also present different challenges due to the variety of programs they encompass.  This session will discuss key legal and self-regulatory policy levers available to promote statewide adoption of  national consensus Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards for OST settings developed by the National Institute for OST.  One co-panelist will explain the HEPA standards, how they were developed, and how they are being implemented programmatically to provide context. Another co-panelist will discuss child care licensing laws as a lever for wider implementation, so this session will focus on other policy levers, including: creation of voluntary recognition programs such as California’s DASH law; inclusion in afterschool program funding stream requirements; integration of school age care into voluntary ratings systems for child care; and policies that promote community use of school facilities. Examples from states that are experimenting with these approaches will be provided, and the variety of legal mechanisms for achieving these policy options (legislation, rulemaking, executive order, agency program) will be explained.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify policy options for implementing healthy eating and physical activity standards in a systematic way for out-of-school-time programs Compare voluntary/self-regulatory and mandatory approaches to implementing standards for healthy eating and physical activity for out-of-school-time programs Describe the difference between legislative and executive branch actions, and how they could be used to implement standards for healthy eating and physical activity for out-of-school-time programs

Keyword(s): Children and Adolescents, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a licensed attorney and have been working in the field of public health law for 8 years; prior to which I was an Assistant Attorney General for the Minnesota Attorney General's Office for nearly 10 years. I provide legal technical assistance to child nutrition advocates and out-of-school (OST) time program providers on promoting healthy eating and physical activity in child care and OST settings in several states.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Public Health Law Center public health law Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.