Commit to Health: Improving the Health and Wellness Mentality of Your Community

Includes a Live Event on 10/24/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)


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. 

*Note: Registering for this webinar will enroll you in the Commit to Health and Healthy Out of School Time Initiative. Please email if you wish to unsubscribe. 

Allison Colman (Moderator)

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 (Moderator)

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.

Liz Rich

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


John Lyman

Community Program Manager, Salt Lake City Corporation


Dave Hobbs

Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, Kent, Washington



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 This is the webinar component for the event held October 24, 2018. Please be sure to test your browser prior to accessing this content.
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