The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) was developed in 2002 to help child-care providers improve their food and physical activity environments. Evaluations of NAP SACC have shown it to be effective, but the program’s reliance on trained technical assistance professionals and on in-person delivery limit its potential for large-scale dissemination. “Go NAP SACC” was developed to overcome this challenge, providing tailored web-based tools and resources that allow child-care providers to complete more of the program on their own. This study will evaluate Go NAP SACC to determine if web-based delivery can improve the nutrition environment of child-care centers in low-resource, rural areas of North Carolina. Forty licensed child-care centers in counties with high rates of childhood obesity and poverty will be randomly assigned to one of two conditions: access to the website tools, or assignment to a waitlist control. The centers’ nutrition environments will be assessed before and after exposure to the website tools (four months) to assess any changes in foods and beverages provided and nutrition policies.
Evaluating the Impact of a Web-Based Intervention Designed for Child-Care Providers to Improve Their Food and Physical Activity Environments
The USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides critical nutrition assistance to lower-income women, infants, and young children. During the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment has risen to levels greater than experienced during the Great Recession, and food insecurity has also increased, making WIC’s role more important … More
Determining eLearning Preferences to Inform Beverage Policy Training for Early Care and Education Teachers
This study aimed to determine the eLearning preferences of early care and education (ECE) teachers for an effective beverage policy training. This was a mixed methods study conducted with ECE directors and teachers in 6 regions throughout Georgia. Researchers used an eLearning survey (n = 646) along with focus groups … More
Toddler drinks are a relatively new product category, typically offered by infant formula manufacturers and promoted as beneficial for young children ages 12 months and older. Marketing promotes these drinks as the “next step” after infant formula, using claims that imply unproven benefits for children’s nutrition and health. However, these drinks … More