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Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care


More than 1 in four children ages 2-5 are overweight or obese and three quarters of children ages 3-6 years are in child care. These children may eat up to three meals and snacks per day and experience most of their daily physical activity in child care settings.

Research proves NAP SACC's success

NAP SACC was studied in a randomized controlled trial involving 82 total centers (56 received NAP SACC and 26 served as the comparison group). Child care centers completing most or all of the NAP SACC components improved their nutrition and physical activity policies and practices more than control facilities.

Goals of NAP SACC

To assist child care centers in improving their nutrition and physical activity environments, including policies and practices, for the prevention of obesity in preschool age children. This is done through the use of a child care nutrition and physical activity self-assessment, goal setting, and technical support from local health professionals.

Key steps of NAP SACC include

1. Self-assessment: child care director and staff identify strengths and needs for improvement in the areas of healthy eating practices and regular physical activity.

2. Goal Setting and Action Planning: director and NAP SACC consultant set goals for change.

3. Staff Training for Child Care Providers: each center receives staff training on these topics:

  • Childhood obesity
  • Screen Media
  • Healthy eating
  • Personal health
  • Physical activity
  • Working with Families (optional)

4. Technical Assistance and Consultation: child care centers are linked to resources that provide assistance in achieving goals.

5. Follow-up and Reinforcement: child care centers receive on-going support to continue positive changes.

Funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health

For more information contact

Kerri Kreh Reda, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
|Phone: (631) 727-7850 Ext. 330; Email:

Head Start Centers contact

Dinah Torres Castro, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
Phone: (631) 727-7850 Ext. 351; Email:

Last updated December 16, 2014