Oasis published a manuscript in 2011 that described the intergenerational childhood obesity prevention program called Active Generations. Active Generations impacted multiple generations by utilizing older adult volunteers to implement a version of the evidence-based childhood obesity prevention program, Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) in out-of-school settings (after-school and summer programs). CATCH and the after-school version, CATCH Kids Club, had been implemented in schools and communities throughout the nation with positive results. Researchers have repeatedly found that these programs increase physical activity and decrease the risk of childhood obesity. The Oasis Institute developed a partnership with the CATCH program (University of Texas and Flaghouse, Inc.) to introduce Active Generations as a new intergenerational approach to combat both childhood and adult obesity. Active Generations was an intergenerational nutrition education and physical activity program for children in third through fifth grades implemented in after-school and summer programs by volunteer teams of adults over ages 50. Active Generations was comprised of 10 lessons adapted from the CATCH program, an internationally recognized and well established, childhood obesity prevention program. It involved 20-30 minutes of physical activity, interactive health lessons, and a healthy snack. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Oasis developed the concept of Active Generations and created strategies to work within its existing national network to implement the program. Additional funding was provided by the WellPoint Foundation to conduct a two-year pilot of Active Generations in eight cities across the United States. Recognizing that intergenerational programs impact individuals across the lifespan, Oasis viewed the model as appropriate for a multi-level, multi-faceted obesity prevention intervention that also uniquely involved mentoring by older adults and the reciprocal benefit those older adults received through the process of volunteering. Older adults were the change agents impacting the nutrition and physical activity habits of children, and also had the opportunity to contribute to their communities and improve their well-being by volunteering. A major aim of Active Generations was to address the key research that social and civic engagement keeps older adults healthy and active. ( Werner,D., Teufel, J., & Brown , S. / Californian Journal of Health Promotion 2011, Volume 9, Issue 1, 01-08)
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