HOST Standards - Best Practices

April 8, 2019



NRPA, in conjunction with NORC at the University of Chicago, has recently released a best practices guide for Healthy Out-of-School Time (HOST) meal programs. If you are looking to implement HOST Standards in your community, this research-based guide will provide you with important information. 


The NCRPA Wellness Initiative has covered HOST Standards extensively in the past. Healthy Out-of-School Time, or HOST standards, were created by a national coalition of out-of-school time providers. These standards give out of school time providers a great resource to offer healthy snacks and physical activity to children.


The new best practices guide created by NRPA and NORC at the University of Chicago required extensive research of urban, suburban, and rural park and recreation agencies throughout the country. "The purpose of this guide is to highlight key strategies that park and recreation agencies can use in the implementation of six main components of OST meal programs, including identifying a meal sponsor, making meal sites accessible, providing nutrition education, promoting physical activity, disseminating program information, and planning for sustainability."


After reading through the guide, it does a great job breaking down the six main components of HOST meal programs, from approaches and challenges to recommendations for action. 


The guide also provides community examples, allowing readers a close look at these programs and their execution. Examples give a practical look at how implementing a HOST meal program in your community may look!


I hope that you take a moment to review the new best practices guide, located at this link!

Until next time,



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