Health and well-being is one of the major cornerstones of the YMCA. When we were founded, the New Rochelle YMCA was challenged to address the issues impacting the health of our community. This focus is a major part of all of the programs and services we offer to New Rochelle and the surrounding communities. This is why we are proud to be a provider of the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program.

What is the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Program?

The Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) is a curriculum designed  to address behaviors that can lead to obesity in school-age children. The program helps to educate children on adopting healthy habits such as picking healthy foods and staying active. Using the training and curriculum provided by CATCH our teachers have the resources needed to implement strategies to improve child health.

How is CATCH implemented at the New Rochelle YMCA?

Two of the most important ways that CATCH creates behavior change are through nutrition education and and by increasing the amount physical activity children engage in each day. Children are educated on how to identify healthful foods how to categorize them into 3 levels; GO, SLOW and WHOA. This approach has been adopted colloquially nationwide as a simple means of labeling food’s nutritional content. Furthermore our teachers incorporate CATCH curriculum to identify ways of incorporating physical activity into their lessons.

What programs use the CATCH model?

All of our childcare programs including UPK, Afterschool, Remote Learning and Summer Camp incorporate healthy living education and physical activity into the curriculum. By making this part of the day to day operations of our childcare programing we're aiming to encourage our young learners to adopt healthy lifestyles for the rest of their lives.