CATCH Contact Information

Laura Hesse Moran
NH CATCH Kids Club Program Coordinator
lhmoran@gmail.com

Exercising to CATCH a State Record

Afterschool programs set a NH state record for the most sites playing CATCH Kids Club games simultaneously.

Imagine thousands of kids at afterschool programs all across New Hampshire all playing the same physical activity games in unison.

That's just what CATCH Kids Club Day achieved...

Afterschool sites from all across New Hampshire participated in the CATCH Kids Club Day record-setting event on November 7th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. Participating kids exercised to celebrate healthy kids in the granite state!

Here are some of the highlights:

  • 31 sites participated
  • 1263 total kids - all playing CATCH games simultaneously!
  • Total of 26 hours of play time between the 31 sites
  • 88 kids along with 96 adults attended the Monarchs Game and carried the flag out on the ice during the National Anthem

Since 2008, funded by the "Growing Up Healthy" Grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the Foundation for Healthy Communities has spread the afterschool fitness and nutrition curriculum, CATCH Kids Club, to 108 afterschool sites across the state.  CATCH Kids Club Day was designed to celebrate that achievement!

What makes this program highly respected is not only the evidence-based curriculum, but the special focus on enjoyable, inclusive, non-elimination games.

Games like See ya later, Alligator and Dragon Tails are some of kids' favorites in the curriculum that includes over 300 games.

Everybody plays, and everybody has fun! "That's the best part about this program – even kids who don't like to exercise or are always chosen last have fun with CATCH games," says Laura Hesse Moran, NH CATCH Program Manager. "With many games, when you're tagged out, all you have to do is a re-entry activity like jumping jacks to get right back in the fun!"

The Foundation for Healthy Communities has seen the lives of well over 5,000 kids transformed through the implementation of the CATCH Kids Club obesity prevention curriculum.

 

The following 31 sites state-wide participated in the event:

Hinsdale After School Program
Penacook Community Center
Barrington Recreation - MAP @ Elementary School
Meredith Parks & Recreation
Keene Family YMCA Keene Site
Keene Family YMCA-Chesterfield Site
Penacook Community Center, Inc.
Barrington Recreation - ASK Middle School Program
Project SUCCEED at Pine Tree Elementary School
Memorial Elementary School
Somersworth Youth Safe Haven
YMCA Hampton School Age Child Care
YMCA Stratham School Age Child Care
YMCA East Kingston School Age Child Care
YMCA Exeter School Age Child Care
YMCA Brentwood School Age Child Care
YMCA North Hampton School Age Child Care
YMCA Hampton Falls School Age Child Care
YMCA Seabrook School Age Child Care
YMCA Danville School Age Child Care
YMCA Newton School Age Child Care
YMCA Kingston School Age Child Care
YMCA Raymond School Age Child Care
YMCA Fremont School Age Child Care
YMCA Hampstead School Age Child Care
YMCA Plaistow School Age Child Care
Madison Mustang Academy
YMCA of Greater Manchester, Allard Center SOP and KDC
Keene Parks and Recreation
21st Century Extended Day Program at Dr. Crisp Elementary
Adventure Club at Dr. Crisp Elementary