commit to health anniversary infographicThe National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is celebrating the fourth anniversary of its Commit to Health campaign with a new toolkit of resources! It includes nine new training videos on implementing the National Afterschool Association's Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards, developed by HOST.

Check out the videos here, each focusing on different areas designed to make implementing the HEPA standards easy. Topics include connecting health and nature, an overview of the USDA Child Nutrition Programs, engaging families, the importance of policies and documentation in out-of-school time (OST) programs, fun recipes using Foods of the Month, and quick physical activity breaks OST sites can use. OST providers are encouraged to use these videos to help train staff and to implement new ideas in out-of-school time programs.

NRPA has also created an infographic that shows how parks and recreation are important in helping kids get healthy, especially during out-of-school time.


    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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