Park and recreation agencies have always been the health and wellness leaders in their communities. Our field understands that having a safe place to go after school, being active and eating healthy are rights, not privileges. In an increased effort to help kids be more active, eat better, grow up healthy and avoid potential long-term health issues, NRPA created Commit to Health—a campaign that supports the implementation and evaluation of Healthy Eating, Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in park and recreation sites across the country. Our goal is to have at least 2,000 participating sites in five years.
The HEPA standards were created in 2011 and are being adopted by numerous organizations, including NRPA, for out-of-school time (OST) programs to create up-to-date, evidence-based, practical values that foster the best possible nutrition and physical activity outcomes for children in grades K-12 attending OST programs. The HEPA standards are intended to be applied to before-school programs, after-school programs, and summer camps for school-aged children.
Working in collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), NRPA is carrying out a large-scale, national campaign that improves healthy eating and physical activity among youth across the nation. Founded in 2010 in conjunction with – but independent from – Let’s Move!, PHA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity advocates. Supporting the effort is honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama, alongside honorary vice-chairmen The Honorable William H. Frist, MD, and The Honorable Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark, NJ. The board of directors also includes nationally recognized business leaders, advocates, health professionals and thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds.
NRPA has made a five-year commitment to PHA to help solve the childhood obesity crisis. In addition, NRPA is working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to provide technical assistance and planning support to park and recreation sites as they implement the HEPA standards.
To accomplish this goal and make a significant impact in the health of our nation’s youth, park and recreation sites are needed to pledge their commitment to HEPA standards.
Read more about NRPA’s commitment.
Park and Recreation Sites Pledge to
Implement 19 HEPA standards at your park and recreation site over a five-year period.
Complete annually the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Out-of-School time inventory.
Agree to submit documentation, if requested to verify implementation of HEPA standards.
NRPA would like to thank the following funders for their generous support of this initiative: