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

Includes a Live Event on 10/24/2018 at 2:00 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.

*Note: The archived products in this bundle no longer provide CEU credit. 

Upcoming Webinars

Improving Health and Wellness Mentality of Your Community
October 24, 2018 @ 2:00 PM (EST)

Inspiring Staff and Building Capacity to Improve Health Outcomes
November 14, 2018 @ 2:00 PM (EST)

Partnership and Coalition Building to Address Barriers to Access and Engagement
December 12, 2018 @ 2:00 PM (EST)

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Improving the Health and Wellness Mentality of Your Community
10/24/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
10/24/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Health and wellness programming and discussions doesn’t need to be limited to your out-of-school time program! Join us to learn how creating a health and wellness mentality in your whole community is possible. We’ll hear from two local park and recreation agencies who are taking their healthy message out of the facility and into the community, and creating a culture shift of staff, parents, and all community members. The City of Kent, Washington, brings their Health, Exercise, Recreation Outreach (HERO) mobile van into the community to meet neighbors where they are, and to encourage healthy lifestyles for all. Salt Lake City, Utah, makes weekly farmers’ markets an interactive experience by offering coupons to students to use at the markets, engaging kids to host a taste-test booth with healthy snacks for all community members to try, and planning scavenger hunts to encourage kids and families to meet local farmers. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation will share community-wide engagement strategies, and tips for creating a culture shift among all generations.
Join the Discussion
Please take a moment to introduce yourself, share your experience, and collaborate with peers by asking questions within the course discussion forum.
Healthy Out-of-School Time Virtual Training
04/26/2018 at 12:00 PM (EDT)   |  240 minutes
04/26/2018 at 12:00 PM (EDT)   |  240 minutes 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!
It Takes a Village: Community-Wide Health and Wellness Programming
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Open to view video. How can your park and recreation agency work with other community organizations to enhance and support your health and wellness programming goals? This webinar will look at how the Alliance for a Healthier Generation supports local partnerships, how Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities worked with local schools to offer summer meals to their out-of-school time program participants, and how the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh partnered with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and local schools and out-of-school time providers to enhance programming for the whole community.
Fun (and Easy) Ways to Reach Families
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Open to view video. How can you share the lessons you’re teaching in your out-of-school time programs with the whole family – including teens? This webinar will share some proven examples of fun and easy ways to engage the whole family and encourage them to make healthy eating and physical activity a part of their daily lives.
Inclusive Out-of-School Time for Healthy Communities
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Open to view video. Through NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign, park and recreation agencies are creating healthier environments and fostering opportunities for youth to engage in physical activity and learn about healthy living each and every day. But as one of the largest providers of out-of-school time programming, how can we ensure that all youth, staff and families feel included, welcome, and have access to quality out-of-school time programs to engage in healthy eating, physical activity and extended learning opportunities? Join us to explore best practices for creating inclusive and welcoming out-of-school time programs at your park and recreation site.
Rainy Day Activities for Out-of-School Time Programs
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Open to view video. We've all been there. It's the third week of summer camp and your plans to head outside and play a game of dodgeball have been rained out all week. So what can you do? Put on a movie? Nah—you need to get these kids moving and having fun! Join NRPA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for this webinar to learn some fun, engaging and creative activities that you can use on a rainy day!
Healthy Celebrations, Parties & Potlucks
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Open to view video. 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. Identified by park and recreation professionals as one of the leading challenges to implementing the HEPA standards, this webinar will offer best practices on holding healthy celebrations, parties & potlucks during their programs. Overcome the obstacle of serving cupcakes, cookies, chips and soda pop while learning some fun and exciting ideas for healthy celebrations.
Inter-generational Ideas to Help Kids Eat Better & Move More!
Open to view video.
Open to view video. 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. In this webinar series out-of-school time (OST) staff will learn best practices for implementing the HEPA standards at their park and recreation sites, focusing on specific examples and strategies to increase access to healthy foods and increase opportunities for physical activity.
Documenting for Success: Turning Practice into Policy
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Open to view video. A key aspect of sustaining health and wellness changes at your parks and recreation agencies is to turn the best practices your sites have incorporated into their programming into policy. Join the Alliance for a Healthier Generation as we explore Wellness Policies for your Parks and Recreation Agencies. During this time, participants will learn about the Alliance's Healthy Out-of-School Time Wellness Policy Toolkit, see real life examples of Wellness Policies, and discuss ways to ensure your Wellness Policy is holistically implemented across your department. This 45 min. interactive webinar will be facilitated by the Alliance's National Network Manager for the Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative, Ava Young and National Healthy Out-of-School Time Advisor, Daniel Hatcher.
For Success
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Open to view video. Are you currently working on health and wellness goals? Do you want to ensure that your progress can be tracked and evaluated in the future? Join the Alliance for a Healthier Generation as we explore EASY ways that you can document your progress and incremental successes in order to support long term sustainability. During this time, participants will learn how to create, distribute, and track communication about their snack menus and wellness goals. We will also discuss ways that you can leverage this documentation with your leadership, community, and funders. This 45 min. interactive webinar will be facilitated by the Alliance's National Network Manager for the Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative, Ava Young and National Healthy Out-of-School Time Program Manager, Nell Tessman.
Action Planning for Sustainability
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Open to view video. Already made the Commit to Health Pledge? Already completed your online Assessment? Join the Alliance for a Healthier Generation as we explore the next step- Action Planning! During this time, participants will learn how to track their health and wellness goals on the Alliance's website, how to engage others in the Action Planning process, and some best practices for ensuring your plans are effectively communicated to your community and coworkers. This 45 min. interactive webinar will be facilitated by the Alliance's National Network Manager for the Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative, Ava Young and National Healthy Out-of-School Time Advisor, Daniel Hatcher.

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 https://host.healthiergeneration.org/new__notable/.

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

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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

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Lauren Marciszyn

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

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Liz Rich

Associate Director, Division of Youth and Family Services, Salt Lake City Corporation

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John Lyman

Community Program Manager, Salt Lake City Corporation

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Dave Hobbs

Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, Kent, Washington

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