CATCH Kids Club
CATCH Kids Club (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is an evidenced-based after-school, summer, and community recreation program designed to promote healthy physical activity and eating behaviors in elementary school-age children. Research by the University of Texas showed that CATCH Kids Club can significantly increase moderate to vigorous physical activity in elementary school aged children.
Funded by a Growing Up Healthy grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the Foundation for Healthy Communities oversees implementation of the program in New Hampshire after school and summer camp programs.
Afterschool programs to set a NH state record for the most sites playing CATCH Kids Club games simultaneously. The CATCH Kids Club Day record-setting event is on November 7th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. Participating kids will be exercising to celebrate healthy kids in the granite state!
In celebration of all of our CATCH Kids Club afterschool and summer camp sites during the past five years of implementing the Growing Up Healthy Grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, we've highlighted five of our sites that have empowered us along the journey.
Prepare to be inspired! Download the brochure.
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Five sites across the state have been chosen to receive curriculum, equipment, training and support from the Foundation for Healthy Communities this summer to incorporate the CATCH Kids Club program into their summer camp physical activity routine.
The CKC program aims to equip children with knowledge, skills, self efficacy, and intentions to make healthy dietary and physical activity decisions. Funded by a Growing Up Healthy grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the Foundation for Healthy Communities has spread CATCH Kids Club to 109 sites across NH!
The CATCH Kids Club Project began in spring 2009. The first year of this project was designed to understand the feasibility of a statewide effort to bring CATCH Kids Club to after school sites in NH while taking further steps to ensure the programs effectiveness and sustainability.
In the fall of 2010, the FHC changed the focus of the project to promote environmental and policy approaches for healthy eating and physical activity. With it's strong focus on promoting healthful environments, CATCH Kids Club has now become the primary tool in this project to help sites carry out a health-focused environmental change effort in the out of school setting.
See the results of our statewide survey: 2011 CATCH Kids Club Statewide Survey - Final Report
CATCH Kids Club Questionnaire - An evaluation tool for the kids to complete
Statewide CATCH Resources
National CATCH Resources
Flaghouse - Source for equipment, activity box, and online training
CATCH Kids Club Texas - University of Texas
Oklahoma State Department of Health - Additional CATCH Resources including stickers and activity cards
5210 - New Hampshire initiative focusing on encouraging children to eat 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour of physical activity and 0 sugar-sweetened beverages every day.
Food and Fun After School (© President and Fellows of Harvard College and YMCA of the USA) is a free downloadable curriculum from the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center designed to develop healthy habits in out of school time.
Integrating Nutrition in CATCH Kids Club Activities - A handout created by the University of Arizona
Sample Newsletters to send home to parents - Yes, it says Middle School, but the content of physical activity and nutrition is applicable to all ages.