NRPA’s Commit to Health Poster
You asked and we listened! We created this poster featuring all of the HEPA standards so you can promote the great work you are doing at your park and recreation sites!
This poster can be used in a number of ways to engage your community:
- Print out the poster and hang it up in any and all of your facilities
- Give it to your mayor or town council to hang in their offices
- Share it with community partners to raise awareness
- Take pictures with it and send to Allison Colman at NRPA
- Hang it ALL OVER YOUR COMMUNITY!
As always, we love to see how you use the poster and other materials so take lots of pictures and videos and share them with us on social media using #CommittoHealth.
Healthy Eating Snack Menus
Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation recently produced HEPA compliant snack menus. This is a great example of a snack menu meeting the healthy eating standards and can be used as a communication tool to engage parents. We encourage you to use these menus as a model and create your own out-of-school time healthy eating menus! Share your resources with us on social media using #CommittoHealth.
Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow
The Office of Adolescent Health at the Department of Health and Human Services recently produced Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG) 2015 Playbook, a call to action to promote the health of America's 42 million adolescents. Use this resource to engage adolescents in healthier behaviors in your communities.
Access the playbook here: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/tag/playbook.pdf
Energy Balance 101: Enrichment Zone
FREE resources bring energy balance to clubs, camps, meetings and more. Fun and flexible, Enrichment Zone helps kids develop an active, healthy lifestyle.
Learn more about the program at: http://www.togethercounts.com/at-home/enrichment-zone
Healthy Snacks and Lunchbox Challenge
The Challenge is a fun and exciting way to help summer day camp providers improve the types of foods and beverages children bring for snacks and lunch. The Challenge focuses on encouraging children and their parents to pack daily Fruits and Vegetables for snacks and lunch and Water to drink – consistent with the National Afterschool Associations Healthy Eating Standards. The Challenge offers points to groups of children, either based on grade level or staffer-to-child ratio, for bringing a Fruit, Vegetable, or Water to the camp. Points are tallied each Monday through Thursday, with the winner announced on Friday. Groups with the most points receive an award designated by the summer camp. Examples of awards are: the Golden Lunchbox (lunch pail painted gold), extra swim time, holding the spirit stick, and t-shirts.
Please send success stories and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!®
Media-Smart Youth is an interactive program that helps young people ages 11 to 13 better understand the complex media world around them and how it can influence their health. Developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the free Media-Smart Youth curriculum includes 10 lessons that combine media literacy and youth development principles with federal recommendations about nutrition and physical activity. Local parks and recreation agencies may be interested in implementing Media-Smart Youth to supplement existing out-of-school programming or in partnership with local schools or youth-serving organizations. The NIH offers free program materials and technical assistance to help sites successfully implement the program. Learn more about the program at: www.nichd.nih.gov/msy.
Please send questions and success stories to MediaSmartYouth@mail.nih.gov, or call 1-800-370-2943.
Reducing Screen Time