Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care

The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) is a provider-based program that is implemented in child care centers. This program is designed to promote healthy weight development in preschool children by improving the nutritional quality of food served, amount and quality of physical activity, staff-child interactions, facility nutrition and physical activity policies and practices, and related environmental characteristics. NAP SACC includes a 5-step intervention to help facilitate gradual change and promote continuous quality improvement

Why participate?

Childhood obesity is on the rise in Riverside County and child care providers can make a difference! Increasing healthy food choices and physical activity helps children set lifelong healthy patterns. One quarter of children ages 2-5 are overweight or obese and three quarters of children ages 3-6 years are in child care. These children eat up to three meals and snacks per day and experience most of their daily physical activity in child care settings.

The NAP SACC consultants provide useful resources, nutrition and physical activity materials and will guide you through the process. Parents will be looking for the “NAP SACC certified” sites in the future.

Who can participate?

All child care centers and family based child care sites in Riverside County that participate in Quality Start Riverside County.

What is involved?

Key steps of NAP SACC include:

1. Self-assessment: Identify strengths and needs for improvement re: healthy eating practices and regular physical activity. Your NAP SACC consultant will guide you through this.

2. Goal Setting and Action Planning: Set nutrition and physical activity goals.

3. Continuing Education for Child Care Providers: Increase staff confidence to make healthy changes through skill building activities and training. Topics included are: childhood obesity; nutrition for young children; physical activity for young children; personal health and wellness for staff; and working with families to promote healthy weight behaviors.

4. Technical Assistance and Consultation: Link facilities to resources to provide assistance.

5. Follow-up and Reinforcement: Check-in with facilities to assess progress and develop plans for continuous positive changes.

6. Recognition of NAP SACC certified providers: Providers will be listed on the NAP SACC certified provider database and parents will be looking for NAP SACC certified providers.

For more information call: 951-358-5311.

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