Fitness & Nutrition


Hands4Hope LA promotes physical activity through a variety of sports, dance and movement activities and dance activities, and provides healthy, fresh food and cooking classes in our state of the art kitchen facility. 


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Child Welfare issued a report* on Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Nutrition, finding that Afterschool programs: 

 

■ Serve many groups of children most at risk for being overweight —specifically minorities and those in poverty;
■ Occur during a time of day when children are likely to be sedentary if not given active options;
■ Reach children at the developmental stage when they are forming the health patterns they will carry into adulthood;
■ Provide meals and snacks that can serve as nutritious examples for dietary habits;
■ Act as liaisons to parents who make critical nutrition and physical activity decisions for their children;
■ Have experience in making learning fun and modifying lessons for the needs of their students and clients;
■ Offer a supportive, safe environment in which children can feel comfortable trying new activities and building new skills; and
■ Are led by caring adults who can act as role models with positive influence on children’s health and nutrition choices

 


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Child Care Bureau, Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Nutrition in Afterschool Settings: Strategies for Program Leaders and Policy Makers," August 2006.