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Go Nutrition And Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (Go NAPSACC) is an evidence-based program that works with teachers in early care and education centers to improve the health of young children (0-5) and prevent childhood obesity through practices, policies, and environments that instill habits supporting lifelong health and well-being. There are seven modules to choose from covering these key topics: child nutrition, physical activity, oral health, screen time, outdoor play and learning, farm to ECE, and breastfeeding.

Centers that implement the Go NAPSACC program have been found to be more likely to make significant changes in nutrition policies, environments, and practices and some positive changes in physical activity policies, environments, and practices than centers that did not participate in the program.

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Participants of the program will follow a 5-step process:

  • Assess – Complete a self-assessment to identify the strengths and areas of improvement at their center.
  • Plan – Work one-on-one with NKFM staff to set goals for their centers, and concrete steps to achieve these goals.
  • Take Action – Take steps in making sustainable environmental, policy, and systems changes by using online resources and technical assistance from NKFM staff.
  • Learn More – Participate in online or in-person trainings led by Go NAPSACC Consultants to learn new skills to help kids be healthy.
  • Keep It Up – To evaluate progress, centers take the self-assessment a second time. Centers can celebrate progress while planning their next opportunities for improvement.

Those who participated in Go NAPSACC showed:

  • An INCREASE in frequency of fruits and/or vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat milk served to children.
  • POSITIVE improvements in physical activity policy or practice.
  • An INCREASE in water access for the children.

To review 2020-2021 program outcomes, please visit our Childhood Program Outcomes page.

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The NAPSACC Experience

As a result of the program, sites created policies for nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding that were not in existence before the program.

Get Invovled

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan staff is available to provide technical support to your childcare in order to implement this program at your center.

To learn how you can offer this program at your childcare center, please contact:

Mary Neumaier | mneumaier@nkfm.org | (313) 259-1574 ext. 2630

 

Visit the GO NAPSACC website to learn more about the program:

Resources

SNAP-Ed at NKFM

Learn more about SNAP-Ed and how the NKFM can support you and your SNAP benefits.

Go NAPSACC

Go Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care website.

Let’s Move! Child Care

Provides information on best practice recommendations and resources for nutrition and physical activity for child care centers.

Team Nutrition

USDA Food and Nutrition Service website that provides nutrition and physical activity resources for download.

Great Start Detroit/Wayne County

Local resources for Wayne County parents.

This project was funded in whole or in part by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.