Baldwin, Community Foundation and Oakland University Partner to Increase Fitness Opportunities for Pontiac Kids

CATCH keeps kids active

Volunteers Needed to Teach Children That Eating Healthy and Being Active Can Be FUN

Children in Pontiac will soon have an opportunity to have fun and be active each day after school.  CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health), a nationally recognized program, will soon be rolled out at the Baldwin Center.  Volunteers who are committed to fighting childhood obesity are needed to implement the program.

OU assistant professor of health sciences Tanis Hastmann, a certified CATCH instructor, is working with Baldwin to train staff and volunteers and to measure and track youth participation and personal fitness improvements over the course of year-long program.

CATCH is a high activity program that gets all kids up and moving regardless of fitness levels.  According to Dr. Hastmann, “CATCH is fun.  It is different from traditional gym programs because there is no down time and there are no winners and losers.  Everyone stays active and it adapts many activities that children are already familiar with.”

The Baldwin Center is inviting community members to get involved and help implement the program.  Volunteers will be trained on November 9th from 6-8 pm at the Baldwin Center, 212 Baldwin Ave. Pontiac, 48342. If you are interested in attending the training, contact Alex Plum at 248.332.6101 or via email at

This, the latest effort by the Baldwin Center to empower individuals to live fit, physically healthy lives, was made possible through a generous grant from the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

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