The  North Carolina Healthy Out-of-School Time Program (NC HOST)

In 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly recognized the role that out-of-school time programs have in encouraging healthier eating and physical activity through House Bill 1030/Session Law 2016-94, Section 12E.2. As a result, the North Carolina Healthy Out-of-School Time Recognition Program (NC HOST) launched in April 2017. NC HOST offers a voluntary recognition for out-of-school time programs that meet a set of standards that are a subset of the National AfterSchool Association Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards (HEPA). Who is it for?: Any qualified out-of-school time program that wants to be recognized for their healthy eating and physical activity practices can apply for the NC Healthy Out-of-School Time Recognition Program. Qualified out-of-school time programs:

  • Occur before school, after school, summer, weekends, or during seasonal and track breaks.
  • Provide regularly scheduled, structured and supervised activities where learning opportunities take place outside the typical school day.
  • Include private and public programs operating in a variety of settings.
    • Program settings include public facilities such as schools, libraries, parks and recreation, community centers, collegese and universities, as well as private facilities.
    • Providers include school districts, municipalities, national not-for-profit organizations, local not-for-profit organizations, faith-based organizations and for-profit agencies.
  • Deliver activities to promote positive youth development which may include but are not limited to the following:
    • academic support; educational enrichment; STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), cultural and social development; recreation; sports; fitness and wellness.

How do you get it?: Out-of-school time programs that want to be recognized for their healthy eating and physical activity practices can apply for the NC Healthy Out-of-School Time Recognition Program. Step 1: Register your program at Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Once registered: Step 2: Complete the Healthy Out-of-School Time Assessment for your site.

  • Compare your results with the NC HOST minimum standards. If your program meets all of these standards, your program is qualified to apply for the NC Healthy Out-of-School Time Recognition Program.
  • If you have questions about the assessment contact the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Member Engagement and Support Team.
    • Phone: 1-888-543-4584, Monday – Friday, 9am-7pm EDT
    • Email: host@healthiergeneration.org

Step 3: Complete the NC Healthy Out-of-School Time Recognition Program Application  How is it used?: To guide the development of practices, policies and environments supportive of physical activity in NC Afterschool Programs.