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July 3, 2014

Area child care leaders unite for healthier kids initiative

While school may be out for most students, area after school child care teachers continued their training for the summer and new school year. Southeastern Indiana YMCA hosted a six-hour training session facilitated by Jo Ambrose, a consultant from CATCH Kids Club, Saturday, May 31, according to Kathleen Bohman, SIY community outreach coordinator.

Participants included 29 child care directors and staff from area programs, including the YMCA Learning Center, St. Anthony’s Preschool/Daycare, Camp Kids, Kinderland and Ryker’s Preschool.

The training session consisted of teaching obesity trends, nutrition standards and an approved curriculum, as well as active participation in playing games that are included in the physical activity segment of the curriculum.

In addition, each child care program that participated received a CATCH Kids Club Activity Box that contains over 400 activity cards with detailed instructions for age-appropriate games that get kids moving and having a blast, as well as a starter kit of equipment such as balls, cones, frisbees, bean bags and flags. YMCA Learning Center director Jenny Salyer said June 2, “My staff learned a lot. It’s the first day of summer camp and we are already using some of the ideas we learned over the weekend.”

What is CATCH Kids Club? CKC is a physical activity and nutrition education program designed for elementary and middle school children (grades K-8) in an after school or summer setting. The program is composed of nutrition education materials (including snacks, activities) and a physical activity component. It offers an easy-to-use format that both children and staff enjoy. CKC is recognized by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and Institute of Medicine.

Funding for the CATCH training was provided by a grant awarded from State Alliance of Indiana YMCAs to the Batesville Community Partners Coalition. It was allocated as part of the alliance’s 2014 Supporting Community Action Grant program, which was made available through its Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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