CATCH Healthy Habits is a unique intergenerational physical activity and nutrition program that benefits two generations: kids and adults age 50-plus. The program is offered in Louisville through a partnership between ElderServe and the OASIS Institute, a national education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of adults age 50 and older through lifelong learning and service.
The program combats the serious public health problem of obesity by engaging mature adults as mentors to teach healthy lifelong habits to kids in grades K-5. Adults in the program benefit in several ways. Research shows that volunteers have lower rates of depression and mortality and greater functional ability than those who do not volunteer. As they promote healthy habits for kids and for themselves, they also experience the rewards of meaningful community service.
Volunteers work with kids in after-school or summer school programs. The adults lead the children in a series of sessions including a nutrition lesson, a healthy snack and 30 minutes of fun, vigorous physical games and activities.
Those interested in volunteering for the program should contact Kim Newberry at (502) 587-8673, extension 257.
The program is funded by a grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.