UNO and Omaha community members are invited to a free lecture featuring Dr. Dianne Ward, Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a nationally-recognized expert in the field of preventing childhood obesity through home, school, and community interventions.
Dr. Ward will share insight on her recent work, Go NAPSACC (Nutrition and Physical Activity Self Assessment in Childcare), a highly-regarded policy and environmental online intervention tool used by child care providers to improve the health of young children through practices, policies, and environments that instill habits supporting lifelong health and well-being. Her talk will include ways her team and community partners were able to overcome challenges as well as opportunities for future research.
Dianne Ward, EdD, is a Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Research Fellow at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Through her role as Director of the Children's Healthy Weight Research Group, she is engaged in efforts to prevent childhood obesity through home, school, and community interventions that promote healthy eating and regular physical activity in children and families.
Dr. Ward's team developed NAP SACC, the highly regarded policy and environmental intervention for child care which has been recognized as a model program and adopted by many states and communities. A second generation of NAP SACC, called GoNAPSACC, is an online, interactive version of the original program. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Ward has been PI or Co-investigator for multiple grants funded by NIH, CDC, Robert Wood Johnson, Kellogg Foundation, and the NC Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation. She has published more than 200 papers and a book on physical activity interventions for children.