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 CATCH Kids Club Program
  "I like being able to play games before school because it's really fun and it helps me wake up my heart! See you can feel it - thump thump... thump thump ... thump thump!" says 7 year old Caitlin Habel, a participant in Penacook Community Center (PCC) before school program.
Catch Kids Club
Caitlin is not the only one who enjoys participating in active group games at PCC. The Penacook Community Center serves 45 children in their before and after school program in grades K-5.

The staff at PCC were trained in the CATCH Kids Club program in early October. Since then, the staff has been trying a number of the CATCH Kids Club games and activities and they report that "the kids are really getting into the moderate and vigorous physical activities that are inherent in the CATCH Kids Club program." Our visits to the center confirm that story. There are certainly no shortage of smiles as the kids play Foxes, Trees, and Squirrels (card # 120), and a new game called Spider Tag (see last months newsletter for a description of PCC's CATCHified activity idea)!

"We have really enjoyed using CATCH Kids Club program. It has enabled us to expand our program to offer more non-elimination games that involve all our children," says Carol St. Pierre, Director of the before and after school program. "Since we started using CATCH games, we have more kids who are willing to participate and try the games. It is truly a success!"

"The kids have an extraordinary amount of energy when they enter the gym in the morning. These active games are just what they need to get themselves ready to learn for the rest of the school day!" says Linda Friberg, a PCC staff member.

Deb Cuddahy, PCC's Executive Director says that they are also planning to bring the Coordinated Approach To Child Health into all of their pre-school programs. "The addition of the CATCH Early Childhood program would help lay the foundation during the early years when children can absorb and learn healthy eating and active living behaviors that will ultimately result in their living a healthier and more active lifestyle".

Next, the center will incorporate the CKC nutrition curriculum into their weekly school age and pre-school programs. Each of the CKC curriculums has a parent involvement component that will help PCC work together with their families to foster a healthier lifestyle at home. The PCC staff is looking forward to its first Family Fun Night of 2011 that will include a healthy dinner and lots of fun interactive CATCH Kids Club activities for the entire family!

For more information on the Penacook Community Center Inc. please contact Deb Cuddahy, Executive Director at 603-753-9700 or e-mail her at DebC@penacookcommunitycenter.org

For more information on CATCH Kids Club, contact Beth Gustafson Wheeler, Director of Community Health at the Foundation for Healthy Communities, at bwheeler@healthynh.com
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