Making Child Care Spaces Healthy Places: What Will It Take?
Dianne Stanton Ward, EdD, FACSM, FTOS
Director, Intervention and Policy Division
Professor Department of Nutrition
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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About our Keynote Dr. Ward is Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and directs the Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group. Her studies focus on preventing 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 Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (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 Principal Investigator or Co-investigator for multiple grants funded by National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. She has published more than 200 papers and a book on physical activity intervention for children.
About the Annual Lectureship in Child Health
The Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health is an annual event held in Austin each spring to recognize distinguished researchers who have made outstanding contributions to child health. The Lectureship is an academic forum to increase research capacity and partnerships within the Texas community, and to provide visibility for senior scientists in the fields of child health and obesity prevention. Since its inception in 2007, the annual Lectureship has honored a broad range of prominent national and international child health experts, whose research areas have included healthful eating, obesity prevention, physical activity, food policy, and community and youth development.
The Michael & Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health is administered through funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, part of The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin.
This year’s Lectureship will honor Dr. Ward's research that focuseson preventingprevention of childhood obesity through home, school, and community interventions that promote healthy eating and regular physical activity in children and families.