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:

  • provide regularly scheduled, structured and supervised activities where learning opportunities take place outside the typical school day
  • occur before school, after school, weekends or during summer, seasonal and track breaks.
  • include private and public programs operating in a variety of settings
    • settings include public facilities such as schools, libraries, parks and recreation, community centers, colleges and universities, as well as private facilities
    • providers include school districts, municipalities, national and 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.

Levels of Recognition: NC HOST recognition will be awarded at a bronze, silver or gold level. 

  • Bronze denotes programs that meet a minimum number of required standards. 
  • Silver denotes programs that meet all of the minimum standards and demonstrate progress in meeting additional standards. 
  • Gold denotes programs that consistently meet all standards. 

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.  The NC HOST Standards can be downloaded here

Step 1: Complete the NC Healthy Out-of-School Time assessment for your site online at eatsmartmovemorenc.com/NCHOST.

Step 2: Complete the NC Healthy Out-of-School Time Recognition Program application online at eatsmartmovemorenc.com/NCHOST. 

If you have questions about how your site can meet the standards, 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