The History of NAP SACC

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC)

The History of NAP SACC

NAP SACC was created in 2002 by a team of child obesity researchers at UNC Chapel Hill in association with colleagues in the Nutrition Services branch at the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Conversations with early care and education providers, families, and experts in child health and education guided NAP SACC’s early development. The team brought these perspectives together with current research and national standards to develop a set of best practices—the most important actions child care programs could take to shape children’s healthy eating and physical activity habits.

In 2008, the Center for Excellence in Training and Research Translation recognized NAP SACC as an effective evidence-based program. They made NAP SACC training and program materials available free of charge on their website, thus bringing NAP SACC to a national audience.  NAP SACC has since been adopted across the US. In 2010, the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity named NAP SACC as one of three innovative early childhood programs to help combat childhood obesity. The NAP SACC program has become a trusted, widely used tool for improving nutrition and physical activity in the child care setting.

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Updated August 7, 2017 8:48pm