Commit to Health and Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiatives

Includes a Live Event on 04/26/2018 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

imageThis Commit to Health and Healthy Out-of-School time subscription provides you access to all content related to NRPA's Commit to Health Initiative. This product includes the archive of all past webinar recordings, links to handouts and other resources, and you will be automatically enrolled and notified of any future webinars or training related to this initiative.

Next Event 

Healthy Out-of-School Time Virtual Training

Thursday, April 26, 12pm-4:00pm EST

Mark your calendar for a great opportunity to learn more about the healthy out-of-school time movement in parks and recreation. This in-depth training will showcase real-world advice and challenge solutions from agencies implementing the Commit to Health program, as well as tools and resources to connect kids to nature, and tips for successfully marketing your park and recreation programs. Don't miss out on this opportunity to create a healthier environment for youth in your community! 

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Allison Colman

Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

Allison Colman is a Program Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association on the Health and Wellness team.  Allison joined NRPA in 2015 and oversees the out-of-school time portfolio, including NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign and efforts to reduce childhood hunger through the USDA Child Nutrition programs. Allison also manages NRPA Parks for Inclusion initiative. Prior to joining NRPA, Allison worked in the recreation field facilitating health and wellness programs across all populations.  Combined with her work in other non-profits and organizations, Allison has extensive experience in public health and wellness program management and preventative health initiatives.   

Maureen Acquino

National Recreation and Park Association

Maureen Acquino is a program specialist for the National Recreation and Park Association. As a part of the Health and Wellness team, she focuses on healthy out-of-school time programming and inclusive practices in parks and recreation. 

Ava DeBovis

National Network Manager

Ava DeBovis serves as National Network Manager for the Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Ava is responsible for supporting the Alliance's national partnerships with the National Recreation and Parks Association and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, as well as providing technical assistance and resources for out-of-school time sites as they work to achieve the National Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards. She has a degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston and is a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alumnae. Ava enjoys long walks through Maryland parks with her dog Penny and exploring Virginia farmers markets for new varieties of fruits and vegetables.

Daniel Hatcher

National Out-of-School Time Advisor

Daniel W. Hatcher serves as National Out-of-School Time Advisor for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. At the Alliance, Daniel is responsible for managing and delivering technical assistance services and resources for out-of-school time sites as they work to achieve National Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards. Daniel has a BA in International Relations and a Masters of Public Health, both from Western Kentucky University. Daniel regularly blogs on topics relevant to healthy afterschool at

Lane Gram

Mesa Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities

Lane Gram is a Recreation Supervisor of adaptive programs, youth programs, and volunteers for the City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. She has over 15 years of professional experience encouraging people of all abilities to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. Lane is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Therapy from the University of Iowa.

Anne Marie Kuchera

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Anne Marie Kuchera, MS, MA, RD, LPC, currently serves as Director of Community Health for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC where her responsibilities include identifying health needs of the community and integrating services between community-based and hospital systems that address these needs, with particular attention to the social, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence health – factors such as access to care, preventive health, food and nutrition, family supports, and active living.  

Amy Jewett

San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services

Amy Jewett has worked in the recreation field for six years and has been a part of the City of San Jose's Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services department for the last four years. Amy has her B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology, where she focused her education on healthy recreation throughout the lifespan. Although Amy began her career working with older adults, she recently moved to youth programming, helping to manage the out-of-school time programs at a citywide level. Amy is also certified in multiple evidence-based fitness programs and is a Master Trainer for Enhance Fitness. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time outdoors and reading. 

Stacey McDaniel

Anti-Hunger Initiatives Specialist and National Spokesperson, YMCA of the USA

Stacey McDaniel is the Anti-Hunger Initiatives Specialist and National Spokesperson at the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA).  Since 2013, she has worked to grow and enhance the national efforts of the Y in ending child hunger, offering assistance and guidance to local Ys to strengthen child nutrition programs across the country. McDaniel collaborates with national partners to better address childhood food insecurity, and implements innovative meal program ideas/models across the Y national movement to help better address youth hunger in local communities. During her tenure, the Y has expanded its anti-hunger work, piloting a national peer mentor system and increasing number of youth served per year by 131% and number of meals served per year by 165%. In 2016, nearly 487,000 youth received over 19 million healthy meals and snacks at more than 3,500 sites through the Y’s Year Round Food Program.

Amy Rauworth

Physical Activity and Disability, Lakeshore Foundation and National Centers on Health


Art Hendricks

Equity & Inclusion Manager | Equity & Inclusion Office Portland Parks & Recreation

Mr. Hendricks serves as the Equity and Inclusion Manager for Portland Parks & Recreation and has over twenty-five years of experience working in the field of diversity development, equity and/or inclusion that spans the private, non-profit and public sectors. His experience includes developing marketing and public participation processes designed to increase the involvement of communities of color in city programs and decision making process and working with key stakeholders to develop policy and culturally specific programs that increase access and improve outcomes for youth and families of color.
Currently, Mr. Hendricks is responsible for the Equity and Inclusion Office for Portland Park & Recreation which is responsible for assisting the organization develop culturally responsive programs and activities for communities of color and immigrant and refugee communities that include outreach and engagement of underrepresented communities including people of color and people living with disabilities

Elyse Rylander

Executive Director, OUT There Adventures

Elyse holds a B.A. in Communication Arts, Gender Studies, and LGBT Studies from the University of Wisconsin.  She is also a Master of Arts in Adventure Education candidate at Prescott College.  She is the founder and Executive Director of OUT There Adventures and the co-organizer of the first ever LGBTQ Outdoor Summit. Elyse has been an outdoor educator and guide since 2006, is an American Canoe Association Sea Kayaking Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and has training in motivational interviewing, trauma informed care, behavior management and de-escalation, and positive youth development. Elyse is also known for her unwavering work ethic and passionate defenses of the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin cheddar. 

Stephanie Joyce

National Nutrition Advisor at Alliance for a Healthier Generation


Lauren Marciszyn

Specialist, Healthy Living for Early Childhood & Afterschool Programs at YMCA