News and Press

CFPA Report:  The Drought and Food Insecurity
October 2014
California is experiencing its worst drought in decades. How does this affect food insecurity in our state? This CFPA report examines possible impacts, discusses what food security-related actions have been taken to date, and recommends additional steps to ensure food security.  Read the report here.

Governor Brown Signs DASH - Healthy After School Program Bill
September 2014
Governor Brown has signed legislation to create a recognition program for after-school programs that adopt new standards for physical activity, healthy eating and screen-time. The program, known as the Distinguished After School Health Recognition, or DASH, will recognize programs that provide 30 minutes of physical activity, serve fruits and vegetables, and limit screen time. Read more here.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces the Release of Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California
September 2014
Far from being lost time, the hours after school and during summer can be opportunities for students to build on what they learn in the classroom, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said today as he released a new set of standards that define expectations for California’s high-quality expanded learning programs.  Learn more here.


Parents Support Healthier School Food Policies
September 2014
The vast majority of parents of school-age children support strong national nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students during school, according to a poll released this month by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the American Heart Association (AHA).  Read more here.

The State of Obesity: 2014
September 2014
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health has released its 11th annual report on the obesity of the nation. Formerly known as "F as in Fat", the report reveals that after decades of rising obesity rates among adults, the pace of increase is beginning to slow, but rates remain high. Read more here.

Retreat is Not an Option
September 2014
Mission: Readiness, a nonpartisan national security organization, has issued a report documenting the staggering impact of obesity on America’s military and urging Congress to not backtrack on or delay updated nutrition standards for foods and beverages served and sold in schools. Learn more about the report here.

School Meal Analysis
September 2014

Nearly 3 in 5 public school students in California are eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals and children who participate in the school meal programs tend to have healthier diets than their peers. Improvements to school nutrition standards now call for more fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, along with reduced sodium, fat and excess calories. Read more here.

What do parents think about school foods?
September 2014
Do parents support the new USDA nutrition standards for both school meals and snacks? Are they concerned about the state of children’s health and obesity? The answer to both questions is a resounding "yes," according to a new nationwide poll published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

CDC Study: Children Eating More Fruit
August 2014
Total fruit consumption increased by 12 percent among children ages 2-18 between 2003 and 2010, though vegetable consumption remained unchanged, according to a study released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys; researchers concluded that no demographic group within this age range is meeting the Healthy People 2020 target for vegetables, while only children ages 2-5 are meeting the goal for fruit. See the report here.

All In - Health Care for all Families
August 2014
It's that time again, when we say goodbye to summer vacation and prepare for back-to-school. As schools help their students, families, and staff prepare for the new school year, here is a way to help them start the year off right by making sure their families and employees get the health coverage they need.

Cesar Chavez Park Hoop Mob
July 2014
HBI afterschool program Sacramento START hosted a "Hoop Mob" in Sacramento's Cesar Chavez Park this summer.  Check out the press they received below:
City Express

CDC Report Documents State of Physical Activity in U.S.
July 2014
More than 54 percent of children and teens in the United States have access to parks, playground areas, recreation centers, sidewalks, or other means of physical activity in their neighborhoods, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2014. The CDC report also found that 27 states have adopted Complete Streets and 34 states provide guidance to school districts on walking or biking to and from school.

Federal Sugary Drink Tax
July 2014
Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut has taken a giant step for the health of Americans: She and two colleagues introduced a national, penny-a-teaspoon tax on the sugar that’s packed into soda and other sugary drinks. The proceeds would be used to fund prevention and health programs designed to reduce “the human and economic costs” of diabetes and other chronic health problems related to overconsumption of sugary drinks.  Read more here.

Widespread Student Acceptance of Healthier Lunches Reported by School Leaders
July 2014
Seventy percent of elementary school leaders nationwide reported that students generally like the healthier school lunches that rolled out in fall 2012, according to a study published online today in Childhood Obesity. An accompanying research brief shows 70 percent of middle school students and 63 percent of high school students also like the meals. These are the first national studies to examine students’ reaction to the healthier meals. Read more.

USDA 'Smart Snacks' Standards Takes Effect
June 2014
Under the USDA's "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards, America's students will be offered healthier food options during the school day.  The standards carefully balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus.  See highlights of the standards here.

Impact of Healthier School Meals
June 2014
An infographic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) shows how more than 30 million kids in the United States have healthier school meal options than children had 10 years ago.

Study Shows 1 in 3 Hospitalizations in CA Tied to Diabetes
May 2014
This study takes the first comprehensive look at the impact of diabetes on hospitalizations and hospital costs in California. The prevalence of preventable diabetes in California has jumped 35% over the past decade. For 2.4 million Californians and their families, diabetes has become a common and painful reality, too often leading to amputations, blindness, cardiovascular disease and premature death. Diabetes management and prevention policies, including those that improve diet by reducing sugary drink consumption will help curb this disease and its related costs.  

National Physical Activity Report Card Released
April 2014
The United States gets a D- grade for overall physical activity by children and youth, according to a national report released by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance and the American College of Sports Medicine. The report assesses national performance on a series of physical activity indicators, including sedentary behaviors (Grade: D), active transportation (Grade: F), organized sport participation (Grade: C-), schools (Grade: C-) and the built environment (Grade: B-).  Read more here.

2014 County Health Rankings
March 2014
The County Health Rankings measures 29 health related factors, making it possible for communities to see the health problems they face and create local solutions to solve them. This is important information. But it is only as meaningful as the action it inspires, or the lives it can improve.  Learn more here.


5% Of Calories Should Be From Sugar
March 2014
The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories — half of what the agency previously recommended, according to newly drafted guidelines.  Read more.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Unveils New Standards for High-Quality After School Programs
February 2014
Far from being lost time, the hours after school and during summer can be opportunities for students to build on what they learn in the classroom, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said today as he released a new set of standards that define expectations for California’s high-quality expanded learning programs.  Read more.

The U.S. Can't Afford to Get Complacent about Obesity
February 2014, Washington Post
A government study found that the obesity rate for children ages 2 to 5 dropped by about 40 percent between 2003 and 2012.  This is encouraging but no reason for complacency. 
 Read more.

Food Labels to Get First Makeover in 20 Years 
February 2014
The ubiquitous nutrition label on food packages is about to get its first overhaul in 20 years, a change that is likely to have a dramatic effect on what people choose to eat and drink and what products sell in supermarkets.
Read more.

The White House and USDA Announce School Wellness Standards
February 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announce proposed school wellness standards and roll out of breakfast and lunch programs for schools that serve low income communities.  Read more here.

YMCA of Silicon Valley Featured at Stanford School of Medicine's Health Symposium
January 2014
The YMCA of Silicon Valley was recognized at Stanford University's 12th Annual Community Healthy Symposium in January for their public-private partnership in fighting food insecurity and hunger during the summer.  The YMCA continues to be a passionate advocate for addressing food insecurity and takes a leadership role throughout the school year as well as during the summer.

Announcement from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
January 2014
Bill Clinton announced at the Clinton Foundation’s  Health Matters Summit in La Quinta, CA the expansion of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s focus on Out-of-School Time to increase the ability of programs to purchase healthier food.  A World Fit for Kids! was an invited partner and attended the summit. While the Alliance has established a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs, all afterschool programs will be able to take advantage of their assistance in purchasing healthier foods at affordable prices!  Click here to learn more and check out the New Collaboration.  The Center for Collaborative Solutions and several of our HBI Learning Centers (A World Fit for Kids!, Woodcraft Rangers, and Sacramento START) have had long-standing collaborations with the Alliance’s Out-of-School Time work.

California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative
January 2014
The California Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP) Collaborative (CCS is a proud member) brings together state leaders committed to improving student wellness and academic success.  By leveraging their collective resources, the collaborative members are building a statewide infrastructure that supports schools in updating and implementing their Local School Wellness Policies. Learn more about the collaborative and it's goals here.

New evaluation: A World Fit For Kids! keeps kids fit
December 2013
New evaluation finds that A World Fit for Kids! has a healthy impact on the kids it serves.  A World Fit for Kids! is one of the original HBI Learning Center programs.  View the full article on the Afterschool Alliance Blog.  View the research here.

New Soda Tax Makes Mexico a Leading Guardian of Public Health
November 2013
This month the new government of Mexico made history. In the country that consumes more soda per capita than any in the world, the national Congress struck a major blow for public health by passing a one-peso-per-liter tax on soda and an 8 percent tax on junk food. Separate legislation now pending would devote some of the revenue to build water fountains in schools throughout the country. That would enable Mexico to pull off a fabulous piece of policy alchemy: turning soda packed with sugar into water full of … H2O.  Read more.