You can make a difference in your community! Pledge to Commit to Health at your park and recreation sites and join the national movement to create healthier out-of-school time (OST) programs! Commit to Health sites work towards the implementation of the evidence-based Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards at their sites, creating healthier environments and programs that support positive health and wellness outcomes for youth!

When your park and recreation sites pledge to Commit to Health they agree to:

  • Implement 19 HEPA standards at your park and recreation site over a five-year period.
  • Complete the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Out-of-School time inventory annually.
  • Submit documentation, if requested to verify implementation of HEPA standards.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Through NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign, park and recreation agencies have committed to implementing the Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) standards at their OST sites. The implementation of these standards has led to increased access across the country to healthy foods and new opportunities for physical activity for youth, resulting in an increase of fruit/vegetable consumption and physical activity and education, and a reduction of:

  • Obesity rates
  • Type II diabetes rates
  • Television viewing

The map shows where NRPA Commit to Health sites are around the country, and the different shading of the states represent the percentages of health challenges faced.

Our work continues to have impact and the support of Commit to Health sites and park and recreation agencies across the country is great.

To learn more about Commit to Health and how your agency can be part of the healthy out-of-school time movement, contact Maureen Acquino, Program Specialist.

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