Park and recreation agencies are the health and wellness leaders in their communities. Having a safe place to go after school, being active and eating healthy are vital services park and recreation agencies provide. That's why 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.
The HEPA standards were created by a national coalition of out-of-school time leaders to create evidence-based, practical values that foster the best possible nutrition and physical activity outcomes for children in grades K-12 attending out-of-school time programs. The HEPA standards have been adopted by many organizations, including NRPA.
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.
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 the HEPA standards.
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: