After reviewing several best-practice nutrition education curricula, we chose the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) After School Club. CATCH uses the child-friendly "Go, Slow, Whoa" model developed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes. The curriculum includes engaging nutrition education discussion and activities to teach children about good choices for healthy eating.
|Clearly, this second grade Obstacle Dash participant|
understood the Go, Slow, Whoa concept really well!
At the end of the program, we asked our participants to finish this sentence in whatever format they chose (writing, drawing, or both): "What Obstacle Dash taught me about being healthy..."
|"I learned how to army crawl. |
I learned how do to teamwork."
We've also received many parent testimonials such as the following:
"The healthy eating portion made a big impression on my son! More than when I discuss nutrition with him. He came home telling me he only wanted to eat "Go" foods. :)"
The culminating Obstacle Dash event (free to those who were in the after school program) was also a big hit. See related blog post: 100+ Kids Defeat Giant Obstacle Course.--parent of elementary Obstacle Dash participant
We'll be offering an Obstacle Dash camp or special event during one of the AAPS school breaks and another 8-week after school program this spring. Want to get on the list to hear about early bird discounts and scholarships for registration? Contact Sheri Judkins via email or at 994-2300, ext. 53233.