Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care Coordination Services

Dates: 2012-2013

State: New Hampshire

Client(s): NH DHHS Division of Public Health Services

Service: Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Maternal and Child Health, Population Health, Healthy Communities

According to a 2010 survey of New Hampshire (NH) Head Start programs, more than a third of enrollees were overweight or obese. In 2011, nearly 47,500 NH children attended licensed child care programs. Child care settings provide a unique opportunity to protect the health of young children and establish life-long healthy habits. Improving nutrition and physical activity practices are powerful ways to protect children’s health. The University of North Carolina's evidenced-based intervention, Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) is a proven strategy for helping child care programs make the necessary changes to improve the health of the children and families they serve.

The New Hampshire Obesity Prevention Program hired JSI/New Hampshire to recruit and hire three qualified consultants to implement NAP SACC in six licensed child care programs in targeted NH communities - Nashua, Manchester, Concord, and Coos and Rockingham Counties - with a total combined capacity of 300 children. JSI/NH provided technical assistance to consultants through program recruitment support, logistical support, and implementation support.