Discover at the JCC: Total Wellness

About Discover: CATCH

As part of its focus on families with young children, Discover @ JCC, our total wellness initiative, sent three senior staff members to Iowa for a master trainers’ course in CATCH, Coordinated Approach to Children’s Health. Created at the University of California, the CATCH program has been successfully teaching elementary-school children about the importance of exercise and good nutrition for a while.

CATCH Early Childhood (CEC) is designed to nurture a love of physical activity, provide an introduction to classroom-based gardening and nutrition, and encourage healthy eating in children ages 3-5. Modeled after the nationally recognized CATCH Program, CEC provides an environment where physical activity, health education, gardening and healthy eating behaviors are valued and taught. Little ones are motivated to walk, run, jump, dance and move their whole bodies while playing and having fun!

The CATCH Early Childhood program is unique because the classroom curriculum includes stories with puppets and activities that really resonate with 3, 4 and 5 year old children. Lessons share important nutrition concepts and are crafted so that they can be used in any preschool learning center. Children have fun as they learn about healthy eating; and the PE activities, which come with music, keep kids and teachers moving and singing.

Our DISCOVER: CATCH Early Childhood trainers have already trained JCC staff to implement CATCH Early Childhood activities at 19 JCCs. For information about DISCOVER: CATCH Early Childhood, contact Steve Becker at