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Dianne Ward

University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health

Dianne Ward

Dianne Ward, Ed.D., FACSM, FTOS, 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.


Dr. Ward’s research focuses on preventing childhood obesity through home, school, and community interventions that promote healthy eating and regular physical activity in children and families. Her 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 Go NAP SACC, is an online, interactive version of the original program.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Ward has been principle investigator or co-investigator for multiple grants funded by NIH, CDC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

She has published more than 200 papers and a book on physical activity intervention for children.