NRPA’s ‘Commit to Health’ Campaign Impacts Nearly 300,000 Youth Nationwide in First Four Years

SOURCE: National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Ongoing initiative provides children with access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities during out-of-school time

Ashburn, Va. (Feb. 28, 2018) — Children across the country are reaping the benefits of a national out-of-school time initiative aimed at improving childhood nutrition and increasing physical activity through local parks and recreation. Now in its fourth year, the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Commit to Health campaign, which utilizes the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards first adopted by the National AfterSchool Association, has been implemented by 1,650 park and recreation sites nationally — impacting nearly 300,000 youth enrolled in out-of-school time programming.

In partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Healthier Generation) and Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), NRPA is working closely with its members to ensure children everywhere have access to healthy foods and physical fitness opportunities during out-of-school time. Since the campaign began in 2014, 47 states have sites that are part of Commit to Health. Moreover, youth attending Commit to Health sites report a 20 percent increase in fruit and vegetable knowledge. Additional highlights are included in this infographic.

“Ensuring our nation’s youth have access to healthy eating and physical activity is important — especially during out-of-school time,” said Kellie May, NRPA director of health and wellness. “NRPA is committed to this effort. That’s why we encourage our member agencies to take the Commit to Health pledge. Together, we can make a difference.”   

 “At Healthier Generation, we believe every child deserves a healthy future,” said Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “We’re proud to partner with NRPA and Commit to Health to increase healthy eating and physical activity opportunities for hundreds of thousands of kids nationwide, particularly those who have fewer healthy choices.”

Join 1,650 park and recreation sites across the country that are inspiring youth, families and communities to eat healthy and move more. These new how-to videos share specifics on how to get started:

To learn more about Commit to Health, visit

To learn more about NRPA, visit   

About the National Recreation and Park Association 
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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