New Hampshire CATCH Kids Club

With support from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the New Hampshire CATCH Kids Club program has reached over 100 out-of-school sites across New Hampshire. When the work first started, directors and staff at New Hampshire out-of-school programs were looking for ways to increase physical activity and healthy eating in the children they served. They have long recognized the important role they play in keeping kids healthy by providing them with environments to support healthy choices…environments where being active is what you do and healthy food is the norm.

During a 2012 visit to the Penacook Community Center, the First Lady was struck by the high-energy parallels between the CATCH Kids Club curriculum and her own “Let’s Move” campaign. In fact, she was so inspired by the pre-schoolers during her visit to the PCC that she joined them in an impromptu bunny hop, much to the delight of the national media horde that was on hand to chronicle her visit.

“Because her visit lasted just over an hour, what the national media didn’t see was the day-to-day emphasis on CATCH that involves every single child in the pre-school, before-school, kindergarten, after-school and summer camp programs at the Penacook center. It may sound incongruous, but the emphasis on healthy living is infectious.”Beth Gustafson Wheeler
Director of Community Health
Foundation for Healthy Communities