RSVP has partnered with The Summit County Health District to implement a national
evidence based childhood obesity prevention program called CATCH Kids
Club (Coordinated Approach to Childhood Health). RSVP Volunteers along with
teen volunteers team up to provide this fun and innovative program to various
youth groups in the community.
What is CATCH Kids?
A program designed to engage elementary school aged children in practicing healthy eating and physical activity. Weekly sessions incorporate fun, educational games and activities to learn about good nutrition, goal setting, hands-on snack preparation, and taste testing.
RSVP volunteers have an opportunity to participate in facilitating this fun program for youth ages 5-12.
How do trained volunteers help?
- Lead lessons on the importance of physical activity
- Demonstrate fun activities and games using a parachute, a hula hoop, bean
bags and other equipment
- Read stories, sing songs and teach children about making good nutritional
- Prepare and demonstrate healthy snacks
*Support for this program was provided by a grant from United Way of Summit County.
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Volunteers served more than 70 preschoolers at Emmanuel Christian Academy
and 22 grandparents and grandchildren at the Dorothy O. Jackson Terrace.
Major funding for CATCHing Healthy Habits came from The Austen Bioinnovation Institute of Akron with additional support provided by the Walmart Foundation, Sam's Club, Acme and University Park YMCA.
How to get involved?
For information about being trained as a CATCH volunteer or program locations, please contact:
Cathy Lance at:
330-253-4597 ext. 166