A new program is hoping to make a difference in the lives of Madison's children. Catch Healthy Habits is a program that works with schools to teach children about healthy eating and active lifestyle habits. It started in St. Louis and was created by an organization called Oasis, which is a nation-wide organization whose purpose is to enrich the lives of adults 50 and older, through health and wellness, academics, etc. They started this inter-generational program, called CATCH Healthy Habits in 2008, originally called CATCH Kids Club. The program pairs adults 50+ with kids in grades K-5 and put together lesson plans to teach them about healthy eating and physical activity. It has been rolled out in numerous other cities and Madison is brand new for 2012. The program is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield via a grant from Wellpoint.
The program will be starting at Frank Allis Elementary and going to Lowell when enough volunteers are found. Allis elementary will consist of grades 3-5. This is part of their afterschool program run by MSCR's Safehaven program. It will take place on Monday afternoons beginning Feb. 13 and will run for 9 sessions. Volunteers will work with the kids for one hour and in that hour will give them a healthy snack such as veggies and dip, apples and yogurt, or ants on a log, then talk through a 20 minute nutrition lesson and lead them through 30 minutes of physical activity through having play fun games.
Catch Healthy Habits is seeking volunteers in the Madison area. Volunteers should allow for around 90 minutes of their time on these Mondays. Some outside prep may be needed, for instance, buying the snacks for the lesson and bringing them to the school's (or senior center's) kitchen to prep. All volunteers will be given a card to buy supplies with of course.
To find out more information and how you can volunteer, please visit their website!