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Blank Children's Hospital

All Kids Healthy presented by Kohl's

Because ALL kids deserve to be healthy!

About Our Program

Blank Children's Hospital and Kohl's Cares have partnered to provide education on healthy habits and obesity prevention to children and families in our community.  Our initiatives include the CATCH program for Before and After School sites and Early Childhood Education centers as well as adopting the 5210 program to promote healthy choices throughout our community.

5210 is a messaging and education program based out of Maine and adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as numerous communities across the nation.  All Kids Healthy collaborates with the Central Iowa Well Kids Coalition and the Healthiest State Initiative to provide consistent messaging about healthy eating and active living to Iowa families.  In Central Iowa, All Kids Healthy is working to integrate 5210 Health Care into UnityPoint Health pediatric and family medicine clinics as well as into before and after school and early childcare programs.  By integrating this evidence-based message into a variety of settings, we are creating a unified approach to encouraging healthy habits for families.  

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) has been a part of the All Kids Healthy program since 2010.  CATCH is a nationally-recognized, research-based childhood obesity prevention program that supports the 5210 message by teaching children about the benefits of daily physical activity and smart food choices using a variety of non-competitive games and classroom-style lessons.  While the complete CATCH curriculum addresses a variety of areas within schools, The Center for Advocacy and Outreach at Blank Children's Hospital has focused on the after-school component (CATCH Kids Club) and the preschool component (CATCH Early Childhood).  CATCH programming helps teachers and staff shape their physical activity time to get all children participating and active. 

Support for Blank Children's Hospital's childhood obesity prevention program is generously provided by the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program.

Contact Us

Any before and after school or child care program can adopt 5210 and/or CATCH.  To learn more, please contact Katy Sowden at 515-241-8950.

To learn more about 5210 Health Care for clinics, please contact Julia Richards Krapfl at 515-241-3317.

Looking for more 5-2-1-0 resources?

Visit IowaHealthiestState.com/5210.