June 17, 2014

For those of you who missed the Healthy Food Workshops in May, you have another opportunity to learn about sourcing, preparing, and programming with produce! Join us in Raleigh on July 17 from 10AM to 12PM. We have some great speakers scheduled to attend, and we hope to see you there. Register now!

Last week, I shared a position statement adopted by the NCRPA Board of Directors about supporting the use of healthy food in youth sports. The first part of the position statement focuses on the athletes’ access to healthy food before, during, and after their games. Below are a few resources you can use to increase healthy food in your agency’s sports programs.

  • To quickly find out if the food you are serving to athletes meets the guidelines supported in the position statement, try the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s product calculator. You can use this tool to inventory the food you are currently using.

For many agencies, food for athletes is often provided by parents. While it may be more difficult to change parent and coach behavior, there several resources available to help promote healthier choices:

  • Go Wayne Go!, a partnership in Wayne County, has a great flyer promoting water and other healthy beverages that can be used as a template for promoting healthier options among parents and coaches. 
  • The University of Minnesota has several resources for healthy eating in youth sports, tailored to athletes, coaches, parents, and league organizers.

NCRPA also has a few resources on our website about youth sport snacks:

  • Staff from the Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources presented a great Wellness Webinar back in April which, in part, covered healthy sports snacks. Watch the recording of the webinar to learn more.
  • And in the Wellness Toolkit, there is some discussion of healthy snack options on the Healthy Vending page.

Finally, I want to remind you all that there is another free Wellness Webinar next Tuesday, June 24, at 1:30 PM. The topic is Healthy Vending, and it is being presented by staff from Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks. Please join us! Register now.


Erin Crouse
Graduate Assistant, NC Recreation & Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC  27605


North Carolina Recreation and Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC 27506


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