Madison
58° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

Program Pairs Seniors, Children To Promote Healthy Habits

Published On: Mar 26 2012 10:07:56 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 28 2012 03:28:31 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

A new program is pairing seniors with children to encourage healthier eating and physical activity.

The CATCH Healthy Habits program seeks to combat the problem of obesity by engaging adults age 50 and older as mentors to teach healthy lifelong habits to children in grades K-5.

"The reason it will make a difference is the rate of childhood obesity has spiraled out of control," said Laurie Bibo, who works with the Madison Senior Center.

Bibo said the volunteer leaders at the Madison Senior Center benefit as well.

"By pairing the two groups of people we're learning together. We're learning the nutrition lessons together," Bibo said.

After the students participate in games that double as physical exercise, they sit down for a heart-healthy snack.

"Like carrots, broccoli, tomatoes and like ranch dip," said student Kessiah Robinson.

Then, the children participating in the Madison School & Community Recreation after-school program at Frank Allis Elementary School get a lesson about health, the heart and problems that can result from eating too much unhealthy food.

"Your heart needs to do more work to pump blood throughout the body," said student Praikta Date.

The lessons are just an hour a week, and Bibo they are already working both ways.

"The seniors like to become a role model for the children and find they've adopted healthier habits themselves," Bibo said.

The CATCH Healthy Habits program will move to other area elementary schools for an hour a week for about nine weeks.

"We want to get as many going as we can so we can touch as many children in Madison as possible," Bibo said.

Those interested in volunteering for the program can find more information at this website.

Advertisement
  • Marysville Pilchuck school shooting 4

    KOMO

    2 dead in school shooting near Seattle, sources say

    A school shooting has been reported at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, about 35 miles north of Seattle.

  • Craig Spencer

    America's Ebola patients

    An American doctor who was working with Ebola patients in Guinea was been diagnosed with the disease after returning to New York. Learn more about him and America's other Ebola victims.

  • Hot peppers

    Karimala/iStock

    Notable food recalls

    A North Carolina producer of peppers and hot sauces is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of fresh serrano chili peppers because some tested positive for salmonella. Here are other notable food recalls that made headlines.

  • jack-o-lantern Halloween pumpkin

    Juliet James/SXC

    Halloween

    Games, recipes, trick-or-treating, scary movies and everything else you need to make your Halloween extra spooky.

  • Politician, politics, debate, election

    iStock / bns124

    Election Coverage

    Get up-to-date on political stories, Reality Check the latest political ads, learn about the candidates and find election results in our special section.

  • Ebola virus pink

    CDC

    Ebola special coverage

    Get the latest news on the Ebola outbreak and resources to help you learn more about the deadly virus.

Advertisement