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Coordination and Activity Tracking in Children (CATCH)

The Coordination and Activity Tracking in Children (CATCH) Study is looking at the motor coordination and physical fitness abilities of children from early to mid-childhood.

Motor coordination is an important component of a child’s development. Children with low motor coordination are more likely to be overweight and unfit by the time they are teenagers, which can lead to further health problems in adulthood. To help understand how to help these children, we are following a group of children and looking at how their motor coordination, physical activity, and fitness relate to each other and how these factors change over time.

Families participating in the CATCH study take part in a two-hour appointment held at our study offices. In these sessions, children are guided through a series of activities that look at motor skill coordination and their level of physical fitness. While the children complete these activities, their parents are interviewed and asked to complete surveys. Children are then sent home with an activity monitor to wear for one week. Families are asked to come once a year for four years.


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