Under the CATCH Kids Club Program, students learn a variety of enjoyable, non-elimination, all-inclusive physical activities.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Hesse Moran
NH CATCH Kids Club Program Manager
Sites to receive curriculum, equipment, training and support
CONCORD, NH – The Foundation for Healthy Communities, home to the CATCH Kids Club (CKC) Program in New Hampshire, has announced it will be supporting five additional sites this summer.
The new sites include the Barrington Recreation Department, Concord Family YMCA, Hinsdale Recreation Department, Keene Family YMCA, and the YMCA of Greater Manchester's Camp Half Moon. All will be receiving support in implementing CKC into their daily camp routine.
CKC is an evidence-based, after-school, summer, and community recreation program designed to promote healthy physical activity and eating behaviors in elementary school-age children. More than 80 after school and camp sites across the state of New Hampshire currently use CKC as their physical activity and nutrition curriculum.
CKC involves students in at least 30 minutes of physical activity in which 50 percent of that time is moderate to vigorous physical activity. Students learn a variety of enjoyable non-elimination, all-inclusive physical activities with many opportunities to participate and practice skills.
"Whether the kids realize it or not they are learning new skills every time they play a CATCH Kids Club game" says Laura Hesse Moran, Manager of the NH CATCH Kids Club Program. "More importantly, those skills are helping them become more confident in sports which creates a lifelong love of physical activity."
As part of the Summer 2012 NH CKC Pilot Project, which is funded by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, sites will receive CATCH Kids Club activity and nutrition curriculums, sports equipment, technical assistance and guidance with implementation and planning from the Foundation for Healthy Communities.
Additionally, sites will receive ongoing training, support and evaluation throughout the summer. Pilot sites will also be analyzing their current manuals and handbooks to help their camp create policies and environmental changes that support healthy eating and active living.
"Our goal this summer," Moran added, "is to work with the pilot sites to give them the support, training and equipment they need to implement a successful program that will sustain itself for years to come."
About New Hampshire CATCH Kids Club: The New Hampshire CATCH Kids Club has successfully supported the implementation of CKC in more than 80 sites across the state of New Hampshire since 2004. It is led by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, a non-profit New Hampshire organization focused on improving health and health care through innovative partnerships. NH CATCH Kids Club is funded by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. More information on the NH CATCH Kids Club project can be found here...