NAP SACC Success Story: Noah’s Ark Day Care Center

Noah’s Ark Day Care Center located in Port Jefferson completed the NAP SACC program in November 2014.Noah’s Ark succeeded in improving beverage choices by increasing water consumption and switching from 2% milk to 1% milk.Fruit consumption was increased when Noah’s Ark instituted “Fruity Friday” and physical activity was increased both indoor and outdoor with the addition of portable play equipment.Noah’s Ark was successful in writing a nutrition policy as well as strengthening their existing physical activity policy.In addition, Noah’s Ark increased staff, parent and child knowledge of the importance of healthy eating and being physically active through an educational campaign which included materials being sent home, posted on bulletin boards, and included innewsletters.Posters were hung around the facility and staff attended six trainings.

In an effort to increase physical activity, the Creating Healthy Places grant provided mini hoppers, hullabaloo games and an outdoor block set complete with wheel barrow that can be used indoors or out.

The director of Noah’s Ark felt that the staff trainings were informative and interesting and plans to encourage more structured and unstructured playtime as well as healthy celebrations.Future plans include creating a little garden.

Contact

Kerri Kreh Reda
Child Development Educator
kkr5@cornell.edu
631-727-7850 x 331

Last updated December 16, 2014