OASIS is a unique educational program for adults age 50-plus who want to learn, grow and explore new ideas. We promote successful aging through lifelong learning, health programs and volunteer engagement.
CATCH Healthy Habits is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation.
For more than 35 years, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) has served as the area’s leading resource for information, programs and services to improve the well-being of seniors living in Cumberland and York counties. Founded in 1973, under the authority of the Federal Older Americans Act, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, is a non-profit organization dedicated to planning and implementing social services for adults age 60 and older.
CATCH Healthy Habits pairs adults 50-plus with children to encourage healthier eating and physical activity. OASIS collaborates with Southern Maine Agency on Aging to offer the CATCH Healthy Habits Program in the Portland area. The CATCH program combats the serious public health problem of obesity by engaging mature adults as mentors to teach healthy lifelong habits to kids in grades K - 5.
Portland CATCH Healthy Habits receives 2012 Governor's Council on Physical Activities award
The award recognizes Maine people who are involved in promoting physical activity and offers the opportunity for organizations, businesses, schools, civic groups, and individuals to feature their accomplishments in physical activity. The Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity was created in 1987 by former Governor John McKernan, to promote wellness for Maine people through physical activity and other health policies and priorities. Portland coordinator, Sharon Schulberger accepted the award and was recognized by Representative Heather Sirocki. Congratulations!
Research shows that adults over 50 who volunteer have lower rates of depression and mortality and greater functional ability than those who do not volunteer. And as a CATCH volunteer, you are not only helping promote healthy habits for kids but also gaining that experience for yourself! Being involved in the CATCH program also provides the opportunity to experience the rewards of meaningful community service.
CATCH volunteers have fun as they promote healthy habits for kids and for themselves. To find out about volunteer opportunities with CATCH Healthy Habits in Portland, email Sharon Schulberger or call 207.396.6523.
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