Pediatric Classes and Programs
The CATCH (Children and Teens Choosing Health) program is designed to educate families on how to make healthy lifestyle choices. The 12-class program meets from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks and provides a fun learning environment for children ages four to 12 years old. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their children.
The program is led by an exercise physiologist and a nutritionist, and classes combine fun exercise games and activities with information on such topics as healthy snacking, portion sizes and meal planning.
Participants will learn:
- The importance of making healthy lifestyle choices
- How to make healthy food choices, including healthy snacking, portion sizes, family habits and planning meals
- Way to increase healthy levels of activity
- Fun exercise games and activities
- Conflict resolution
The program aims to improve children's self-esteem as they reach their goals and feel healthier.
The fee for the six-week program is $50, which includes a pedometer to keep track of the number of steps taken each day, a journal to record activity, reward items and a certificate. Parents will receive four day-passes to exercise at the OSF Center for Health fitness center or to participate in a group class of their choice.
Advance registration is required. Call 815-395-4505 to register or download a brochure.
Infant/Toddler CPR classes
This class is offered from 7-9 p.m. one or two times per month. The fee is $25 per couple or $12.50 for an individual registration. Registration is free to those registered in one of the prenatal classes. This class does not offer a certification, so it does not meet the requirements for daycare providers. Registration is required by calling 815-227-2695.
This class is designed to help children ages three to ten prepare for a new baby’s arrival and to reassure them that they are special. Class is held from 10-11 a.m. on various Saturdays throughout the year.
Siblings may be excited about the new baby, but they are also apprehensive and uncertain. The new baby might be fun, but he or she is also going to take attention away from the big brother or sister.
The prospective parents are asked to join their children as they learn how to diaper, hold and burp a baby. The class also includes valuable suggestions for the parents on how to ease the child’s adjustment to a new baby.
The fee for the class is $5 per family. Registration is required by calling 815-227-2695.