The Fort Bend YMCA is the recipient of a $25,000 grant for the YMCA’s After School and Outreach Health Enhancement program. During the presentation, Maria Mendez, Mid-America West Regional Director for Aetna, presented YMCA Group Executive Director Eric Schenkelberg, with a check for $25,000. “Aetna is proud to be supporting the YMCA in their endeavors to make this community’s youth healthier”, stated Mendez.
The funded program will be held at the YMCA’s Outreach sites in Fresno and Four Corners, as well as the After School program in the Stafford School District. The funded program named C.A.T.C.H. (Coordinated Approach To Childhood Health) was initially developed by the University of Texas’ School of Medicine in Houston. The program focuses on regular exercise, nutrition education and health education for both the youth in the program and the families of the youth. The support will also allow the YMCA to provide healthy snacks and drinks for the youth in each program.
The CATCH program started earlier this fall and will continue to run at the designated sites through the summer of 2012. It is expected that approximately 120-150 kids will benefit directly from the program over the next year, and hundreds of family members will indirectly and directly benefit from the education the kids receive. In addition, the families will take part in regular family events focused on the learnings that the kids received in the program.