CATCH After School

Based on the Award Winning CATCH Program, CATCH Kids Club has become a huge success all over the world

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.

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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.

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CKC Works

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.

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Who Uses CATCH Kids Club?

CATCH New Hampshire

Now in its fifth year, with support from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the New Hampshire CATCH Kids Club program has reached over 100 out-of-school sites across New Hampshire. When the work first started, directors and staff at New Hampshire out-of-school programs were looking for ways to increase physical activity and healthy eating in the children they served. They have long recognized the important role they play in keeping kids healthy by providing them with environments to support healthy choices…environments where being active is what you do and healthy food is the norm.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is the home and managing organization of the NH CATCH Kids Club project.

During a 2012 visit to the Penacook Community Center, the First Lady was struck by the high-energy parallels between the CATCH Kids Club curriculum and her own “Let’s Move” campaign. In fact, she was so inspired by the pre-schoolers during her visit to the PCC that she joined them in an impromptu bunny hop, much to the delight of the national media horde that was on hand to chronicle her visit.

Southern Nevada Health District

In 2010, the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) received a Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant to address obesity in Southern Nevada. By working with community partners to facilitate policy, systems and environmental changes, one of project objectives was to work with local agencies to develop and implement physical activity and nutrition policies for their after-school programs. Today, over 7,000 children are exposed daily to CATCH Kids Club physical activity and nutrition lessons in the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson.

Horizon Foundation

The Horizon Foundation in New Jersey has partnered with the New Jersey State Alliance of YMCAs creating
Healthy U, a statewide initiative to reduce obesity in
New Jersey’s youth.

• Featuring CATCH Kids Club as an integral part of
their after-school obesity prevention program, the
Healthy U Alliance is the largest CATCH afterschool
endeavor in the United States.

• Since the programs’ inception in 2008, the Foundation
has provided CATCH resources and training to
420 YMCA sites throughout New Jersey, and
has committed additional support through 2015 to
expand Healthy U programming to 80 early
childhood sites and 50 public schools, impacting
40,000 students statewide.