NAP SACC Turns 1!

July 19th, 2013 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Blog by Kelly Bouxsein, MPH, MS, CPH, Live Well Omaha Kids Child Care Active Living Policy Coordinator

Well not really, it’s been around for a while, but Live Well Omaha Kids’ initiative focused on early childhood, NAP SACC, is wrapping up its first year! I can’t believe how fast time flies. I also can’t believe all the amazing work the participating child care centers have accomplished. I am proud and honored to work with these motivated early childhood educators and can’t wait to see all the fantastic healthy changes that we’ll continue to see in the future!

Overall, 27 centers in the greater Omaha area have participated in the NAP SACC program. From healthy photo (6)celebrations, to more time outside, the healthy policies each center is implementing will reach over 2,300 children in our community!  Participants have also provided overwhelmingly positive feedback on the program and so we are thrilled to continue the NAP SACC initiative in this next year. Enrollment is open now! If you know of anyone who may be interested in participating in the next rounds starting in August, contact me for more info ( or 402-657-7040).

Kidz N Nature

There are so many success stories that are coming out of the NAP SACC centers. Kidz N Nature (formerly Buzy Kidz) started NAP SACC in our first round that kicked off in June, 2012. For their policy goal, the leadership team decided to incorporate cultural food items into their weekly menus. This addition is a great way to explore new and different foods while promoting variety and exposing children to different cultures. The team introduced many different cultural foods to the kids between October and January and now has at least one item on their menu each week. Items include Swedish pancakes, couscous, edamame, squash chips with dip, and chicken fried rice. I had the pleasure of joining the kids for lunch when they tried the new Filipino beef stew, a hearty recipe with lean beef, carrots, potatoes, peppers, and pineapple (!). I’ll admit, it was delicious and more importantly, the kids thought so too!  I heard comments from the kids like “this is gooood!” and better yet, “you gotta try it!” What great role modeling in action! In addition to serving the new foods, the teachers talk about where the food is from and are incorporating related activities.

After success with this new policy, the Kidz N Nature team isn’t done yet. They are working to start up a gardening program to help kids learn to plant, grow and eat their own vegetables. Congrats to Kidz N Nature for their successes and ongoing dedication to providing healthy opportunities for their kids, staff, and families.

Some Great Accomplishments

Many other centers are actively working on their policy changes and I’ll be sure to highlight their successes in the future! Here are more goals accomplished by centers participating in NAP SACC this year:

  • CHI Health Child Development Centers (Immanuel, Bergan Mercy, Lakeside, and Mercy) implemented a comprehensive physical activity policy for children of all ages to ensure daily indoor and outdoor physical play and safe environments. Check out their brand new playgrounds too!
  • Aunt Rhonda’s Day Care is using the evidence-based curriculum Color Me Healthy to provide weekly health and wellness lessons to their kids.
  • GBT Children’s Academy created a new schedule that incorporates more activity into the day and allows children to sit for no longer than 30 minutes at a time.
  • Little Lambs – Harney implemented a new menu that incorporates more whole grains
  • Montessori Children’s Academy implemented a new snack menu with more whole grains and implemented a policy promoting healthy birthday celebrations.
  • Shooting for the Stars implemented a new schedule to incorporate more movement and outdoor time during each day.
  • Spellman Child Development Center made more play equipment available to children during the day and incorporated more teacher-led movement into their schedule.
  • Valley Kids Club created a cycle menu that provides more variety of foods and promotes new and different foods.
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