Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC): Results from a Pilot Intervention{A figure is presented}

Sara E. Benjamin, Alice Ammerman, Janice Sommers, Janice Dodds, Brian Neelon, Dianne S. Ward

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Objective: To determine the feasibility, acceptability, and reported impact of a nutrition and physical activity environmental intervention in child care. Design: Self-assessment instrument completed pre- and post-intervention by randomly assigned intervention and comparison child care centers. Setting: Child care centers in 8 counties across North Carolina. Participants: A convenience sample of 19 child care centers (15 intervention and 4 comparison). Intervention: Intervention centers completed the self-assessment instrument at baseline and then selected 3 environmental improvements to make over the 6-month intervention period with assistance from a trained NAP SACC Consultant. Main Outcome Measure: Changes in pre- and post-intervention self-assesment of the nutrition and physical activity child care environment with additional process measures to evaluate project implementation, feasibility and acceptability. Analysis: Comparison of pre- and post-test scores for the intervention group using a Wilcoxon signed-rank test and descriptions of environmental changes. Results: Intervention centers rated themselves higher at follow-up than at baseline, and relative to comparison centers, reported a variety of environmental nutrition and physical activity improvements confirmed by research staff. Conclusions and Implications: The NAP SACC pilot intervention shows promise as an approach to promote healthy weight environments in preschool settings. Additional evaluation of the project is needed using a greater number of centers and a more objective outcome measure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-149
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • child care
  • nutrition
  • obesity
  • physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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