Go NAP SACC at the 2013 National Smart Start Conference

During the first week of May, the 2013 National Smart Start Conference brought together early care and education professionals from all over the country. Go NAP SACC staff and other members of the Children’s Healthy Weight research group from the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention were also in attendance to connect, learn, and share.

Dr. Dianne Ward, Amber Vaughn, Kamaria Mason, Rachel Bartlett, and Christina McWilliams participated in a workshop sharing success stories from the Shape NC project. They led round-table discussions on strategies for creating health promoting child care environments, such as, supporting the health of teachers and staff, developing healthy menus on a budget, and evaluation. The vision of the Shape NC project is to change child care communities so that young children’s earliest experiences with food and physical activity promote a lifetime of healthy behaviors. Staff members from the Children’s Healthy Weight research group have been active partners in the development of the Shape NC project, lending their expertise in supporting healthy nutrition and physical activity practices at child care.

In addition, Ellie Morris led a session at the conference unveiling the new Go NAP SACC program. Participants watched and gave feedback on a live demonstration of the online self-assessment and action planning tools that are currently under development.

Staff enjoyed the opportunity to hear inspiring stories, share their own work, catch up with local and national partners in the field, and make new friends!