CATCH After School
Based on the Award Winning CATCH Program, CATCH Kids Club has become a huge success all over the world
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CATCH Kids Club (CKC) is a physical activity and nutrition education program designed for elementary and middle school aged children (grades K - 8) in an after-school/summer setting. CKC is composed of nutrition education materials (including snack activities) and a physical activity component. The CKC program offers an easy-to-use format that both children and staff enjoy and is ready to implement in the after-school and summer settings.
There are thousands of after-school sites across the country and many of them have recognized the role they can play in fighting childhood obesity by teaching kids how to make healthy choices in their lives. While all of these settings are different in nature, they do have one thing in common – the children. YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Park and Recreation organizations have discovered that instead of reinventing the wheel they can implement a program that is both cost-effective and proven to be effective, CATCH Kids Club.
For some, CKC has become the centerpiece of the programs they offer and these organizations have become an important voice in delivering a coordinated message to children about the importance of physical activity and nutrition. The unstructured time after school and during the summer provides a ready-made opportunity for programs to fill this child care need with fun, hands-on nutrition activities as well as enjoyable structured physical activity.
CATCH Kids Club “strongly aligns” with the National Afterschool Association (NAA) Program Standards, designed to describe best practices in out-of-school youth ages 5-14.
CKC for K-5 & 5-8
The CATCH Kids Club Manuals feature lessons organized into themes related to physical activity, nutrition, and screen-time reduction. A variety of teaching strategies are used including: movement, activities, individual practice, educational games, goal setting, and hands-on snack preparation. Each comes with a Resource CD-ROM with teaching materials and handouts for easy duplication and classroom distribution.
The CATCH Kids Club Activity Box includes over 400 activity cards with detailed instructions for age-appropriate games that get kids moving and having a blast. Also included is a specially designed section with teaching ttechniques and ideas for adapting the activities for those with special needs. This allows everyone to get active and be included in the fun! CKC offers colorful, developmentally-aligned equipment that coordinates with the activities, assists in group organization, and increases activity in time allotted.get ckc
During 1999-2000, the CKC underwent pilot testing and formative evaluation in 16 after-school sites in Texas . The results showed that CATCH Kids Club works – it has been kid-tested and approved, it is inclusive (everybody plays), and it has been demonstrated to increase children's physical activity and their nutrition knowledge and intentions. The education component aims to equip children with the knowledge, skills, self-efficacy, and intentions to make healthy dietary and physical activity decisions.
Students will be able to identify and understand the major concepts of the CKC including lower-fat, higher fiber foods as the most healthful foods to eat and regular active exercise as the most healthful physical activity. CKC is based on social learning theory, which suggests that most health behaviors are social behaviors that are learned in a social context. The curriculum targets changes in specific environmental, personal, and behavioral factors that influence children's health behavior.