Commissioner Johnson links seniors with youths to fight childhood obesity

DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson is calling on residents who are 50+ to teach children in grades K – 5 healthy habits for life through the Coordinated Approach to Child Health, or CATCH program.


“I am very pleased to have this initiative at the Intergenerational Center here in DeKalb,” said Johnson, who represents District 3. “This program lines up with what we have been working on—raising the awareness of childhood obesity and developing strategies to help combat the high incidence of childhood obesity.”

The CATCH program allows senior volunteers to make a difference in the life of a child, and improve health, too. Johnson says both, the children and adults, have a lot of fun as they learn together how to stay healthy and fit. Volunteers work together in teams.


CATCH classes are one-hour and are conducted once a week for a period of eight weeks at the Exchange Park Intergenerational Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur. The classes meet on Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., starting June 6—Aug. 1.


Volunteer training will be held May 22 and May 23 at the Villages at Carver YMCA, in southwest Atlanta. All training and class materials are provided free of charge.


“This is a great opportunity for the community to lend a hand and CATCH healthy eating habits,” said Commissioner Johnson. “CATCH is a wonderful way to improve your health and celebrate healthy living in our community.”


To learn more about the CATCH program, attend an outreach event at the DeKalb Exchange/Intergenerational Center on June 13, 10:30 a.m. – noon. Get more information about the CATCH Healthy Habits Program at or contact Mary Newton at 404-463-3119 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .