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Volunteers Needed for CATCH Health Habits

Volunteers Organized in Community Engagement (VOICE) is in need of volunteers for CATCH Healthy Habits.  The Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College received a generous grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) to support the VOICE Program. VOICE is reducing the incidence of childhood obesity in Winter Park and surrounding communities by implementing a highly successful older adult volunteer service program, the CATCH Healthy Habits Program.

Free training for CATCH Healthy Habits is taking place on Sept. 15th and 16th from 1-5 PM at Rollins College Alfond Sports Center.

Volunteer to spend one hour a week, for eight weeks, teaching kids about health and nutrition.

Click here to submit an application

For more information, call 407.646.2459 or email htanyhill@rollins.edu

Make a Difference in the Life of a Child

Volunteers Needed to Make a Difference in the Life of a Child in Winter Park and Eatonville through CATCH Healthy Habits!

Do you like working with children? Like working in a team? Then join the Rollins CATCH Healthy Habits, a program where adults age 50 + and children grades K-5 learn together the benefits of healthy eating and exercise. The children and adults have a lot of fun as they learn together how to stay healthy and fit. Volunteers work in teams of six to eight with children in school settings and other youth organizations.

The Rollins Center for Lifelong Learning is the local sponsor of this program. All training and class materials are provided free of charge. CATCH Healthy Habits is funded through a grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation to Rollins College.

The Rollins CATCH Healthy Habits is a wonderful way to improve your health and celebrate healthy living while making a difference in your community with just one hour a week for 8 weeks. This summer classes are at the Winter Park Community Center, Eatonville Boys & Girls Club, and Brookshire Elementary School.

Contact Holly Tanyhill at 407-646-2459 or email htanyhill@rillins.edu

Next training is May 17 & 18 from 1 – 5 pm on the Rollins College campus.

Lifelong Learning Volunteers Teach Children to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit

Children and seniors are getting active and healthy together thanks to the CATCH Healthy Habits program.

Supported in part by a grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF), the CATCH Healthy Habits program enlists teams of specially trained older adult volunteers to work with children in after-school and summer programs in school- and community-based settings. Teams of 5-8 adults lead children in a 60 minute lesson each week consisting of a nutritious snack, health lesson and physical activity.

CATCH Healthy Habits is a program offered through VOICE (Volunteers Organized in Community Engagement). VOICE is a program of the Rollins Center for Lifelong Learning.

Data from the CATCH Healthy Habits sessions held in the WPHF catchment areas shows the program has resulted in successfully improving youth and seniors’ eating habits, increasing levels of participation in physical activities, reducing screen time, and fostering development of positive intergenerational relationships.

CATCH Healthy Habits at Rollins was established in response to the rising rate of childhood obesity in the United States. Central Florida mirrors this epidemic as the 2013 Professional Research Consultants Child & Adolescent Health Needs Assessment conducted on behalf of Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando found that 26.7 percent of children ages 5 to 17 in Orange County, Florida, are overweight or obese.

Adults are not immune to the obesity epidemic either. According to the Healthy Central Florida study, The State of Our Health 2015, 26 percent of adults (age 18 and older) in the study’s targeted communities of Winter Park, Maitland, and Eatonville are obese.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020, children and adolescents who are overweight or obese are at increased risk for developing diabetes and heart disease. They are likely to stay overweight or obese into adulthood, placing them at increased risk for serious chronic diseases. The CATCH Healthy Habits program and its team of older adult volunteers is making a very positive impact for both children and older adults on reducing this epidemic and lowering the risk of chronic diseases.

“I love being able to connect with the children and enrich their lives with healthy habits and smart food choices,” says Marie Lee Jenkins, a Rollins CATCH Healthy Habits volunteer .

“We are very grateful to the Winter Park Health Foundation for their generous support of the program,” says Holly Tanyhill, coordinator for CATCH Healthy Habits. “It is so great to see such a valuable program provide an opportunity for children and seniors to learn healthy habits together.”

Adults 50 and older who are interested in volunteering or learning more about CATCH Healthy Habits may call (407) 646-2459 or write htanyhill@rollins.edu.

If you are interested in bringing CATCH Healthy Habits to your school or organization, please contact Healthy Kids Today.