Coalition Accomplishments


  • California becomes the first state to create a voluntary recognition program for healthy eating and physical activity in out-of-school time: and successfully implemented the program. To become certified, programs must show evidence of fulfilling requirements that are largely consistent with the National Afterschool Association’s Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards, developed by HOST.
  • The HOST Coalition is featured in RTI International's annual report.
  • The 2016 National AfterSchool Association Convention featured multiple HEPA focused workshops and included a HOST Coalition meet-up.
  • Adoption of HEPA Standards continues to grow, as these stories show:
    • Youth Today looks at how different states and organizations are promoting adoption of the HEPA Standards and helping to reduce obesity.
    • Alliance for a Healthier Generation shares how Maryland Out-of-School Time has worked with the Maryland Food Bank to promote the Healthy Out-of-School Time Framework, which includes the HEPA Standards, and to change youth attitudes towards healthy food.
    • Afterschool Alliance shares how the HEPA Standards have provided the Santa Clara YMCA with "a sense of commitment to a shared effective practice, and a common language to talk about it with our colleagues locally and across the nation."


  • Launch of HOST Coalition Facebook page.


  • Publication of a special issue of New Directions for Youth Development, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National AfterSchool Association and edited by Jean Wiecha and Georgia Hall (NIOST), which presents​ recent research findings on healthy eating and physical activity in the ​OST ​field.



  • Adoption of NAA HEPA Standards by the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Board of Directors, YMCA of the USA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Alliance for a Healthier Generation.


  • Development of the NAA HEPA Standards for out-of-school time programs through research, literature review and input of coalition members.


  • HOST Coalition created by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB), and the YMCA of the USA.


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