The Crockett Foundation's i-Health program is a new and innovative technology-intensive program designed to help prevent obesity among middle-school students by combining tablets (like iPads) with physical activities like running, walking, and jumping.
Using the CATCH Kids Club curriculum (an after-school program for improving student nutrition and physical activity), i-Health has four main objectives:
- Involve students in at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity
- Engage students in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) for at least 40% of daily physical activity time
- Provide students with multiple opportunities to participate and practice skills in physical activities that could be carried over into other times of the day and maintained later in life
- Offer students a variety of physical activities that use lower- and upper-body muscles
Participants in i-Health use program-specific apps and educational games on their tablets to engage in activities that get their bodies moving.
The Crockett Foundation has donated more than 150 tablets to the program. i-Health is partly funded by United Way of Broward County and includes tutoring, health, and mentoring. Currently, activities take place at Margate Middle School and McNair Park.
More recently, the Crockett Foundation has incorporated “Let’s Move” into the i-Health curriculum. This new initiative teaches healthy eating and overall physical health. The Crockett Foundation strongly believes that keeping students mentally and physically active prevents obesity, while discouraging problematic, delinquent and risky behavior.