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Get Involved Materials

Get Involved Materials is a one-stop shop for easy-to-use materials for implementing and evaluating We Can! programs, promoting We Can! in your community, and partnering We Can! efforts with local organizations. A host of materials are listed below that are essential to "getting involved" with We Can! Click on any of the links to learn more about each material.  For a full list of  materials supporting We Can! visit We Can! Resources.

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Partner We Can! with Local Organizations

All We Can! materials, aside from CATCH Kids Club and Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television (S.M.A.R.T.), are produced by the Federal government and are in the public domain.  All materials in the public domain may be reproduced without permission. 

Tell us how you are using We Can! materials in your Communities!  We would like to know how you are using the We Can! materials and ask that you please contact us if you are using We Can! materials in your community.

  • We Can! Curricula and Curricula Evaluation Tools

    Parent Curriculum
    We Can! Energize Our Families: Curriculum for Parents and Caregivers

    Cost: Free (if downloaded online). The curriculum is only available in hard copy in Appendix A of the We Can! Energize Our Community Toolkit for Action and costs from $20 to $22 based on the number of toolkits ordered.

    Available at: The curriculum can be downloaded for free at

    We Can! Energize Our Families: Curriculum for Parents and Caregivers, is a six-lesson curriculum that covers the basics of maintaining a healthy weight. The core concept explored is "energy balance," or the long-term balance between ENERGY IN (calories from food) and ENERGY OUT (calories burned through activity). In a fun and hands-on way, the lessons focus on helping participants learn essential skills that can help their families make healthful food choices and become more physically active. At the end of each lesson, participants are encouraged to try new nutrition and physical activity tips with their families over the next week. Participants later share their experiences trying the new behavior with the group. The lessons are also included in Appendix A of the We Can! Energize Our Community Toolkit for Action.

    A Certificate of Completion can be downloaded for free to provide program participants with a reward at the end of the program.

    Also, download the Lesson 1 Slideshow: Introduction to We Can!, to provide your participants with a formal presentation at the start of your program. The Lesson 2 Slideshow: Portion Distortion, illustrates how portion sizes have expanded over the past 20 years.

    Download the We Can! Parent Curriculum "Tell Us What You Think" Evaluation Tool together with We Can! Parent Curriculum "Tell Us What You Think" Evaluation Instructions for Faciliitators to start evaluating your parent programming.

    Youth Curricula

    Communities that participate in We Can! have the option of using a variety of curricula and programs designed for youth. Each has a unique focus, but all are designed to teach young people about nutrition and physical activity issues and to become more aware of the factors that influence their eating and activity behaviors. All of them also have gone through a rigorous development and evaluation process. You can conduct these programs in their entirety or select portions of them if that works better for your organization. The programs are self-explanatory and easy-to-implement, and the curricula are available for free or at a minimal cost.

    CATCH Kids Club

    Cost: $195.00 for the CATCH Kids Club Activity Box and Nutrition Manual (product number W12931); $150 for the CATCH Kids Club Activity Box (product number W11483); $64.95 for the CATCH Kids Club Nutrition Manual (product number W12909).

    Ordering Information : Flaghouse:; 800-793-7900.

    The Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH) was a NHLBI-funded study to create a school health education curriculum designed to motivate heart healthy behavior in children in grades K-5. CATCH Kids Club, based on the successful in-school program, is a physical activity and nutrition education program for elementary school-aged children (grades K-5) in afterschool and summer care settings. Both the original school-based CATCH and CATCH Kids Club use a coordinated approach to helping children adopt healthy dietary and physical activity behaviors by positively changing the health environments of recreation programs, schools, and homes.

    The CATCH Kids Club consists of three programmatic elements: a nutrition education component, a physical activity component, and a snack component. The field-tested materials include a CATCH Kids Club Activity Box, which contains activities for afterschool and community-based programs, and a text with nutrition lessons that includes sampling healthy snacks; role playing; goal setting; and family involvement, in addition to the facts about healthy nutrition (available Fall 2005). The variety of activities are designed to attract children -- to get them to make the choice to participate because the games are fun. Lastly, CATCH Kids Club is easy to use -- it provides the information and resource materials to assist afterschool staff and counselors to successfully integrate structured activities and nutrition lessons into their programs.

    Download the CATCH Kids Club Evaluation Tool together with Youth Evaluation Instructions for Facilitators to start evaluating your CATCH programming.

    CATCH Kids Club is a creative work developed by the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center and is fully protected by all applicable rights.  All rights reserved.  This product may not be reproduced without express written permission.  CATCH® is a trademark of The Regents of the University of California.  If you have questions or comments about reproducing CATCH Kids Club, please contact:

    Peter Cribb, M.Ed. or Joey L. Walker, M.P.H.
    Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
    CATCH Program
    7329 N. MoPac, Suite 204
    Austin, TX 78731
    Phone: (512) 346-6163
    Fax: (512) 346-6802

    Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!

    Cost: Free

    Ordering Information : Order the Media-Smart Youth packet for facilitators either online at or by calling the NICHD Information Resource Center at 1-800-370-2943. If you provide after-school programming at multiple sites and would like more than one packet, please send an e-mail to with your request.

    Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! is a 10-lesson curriculum funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) that focuses on helping young people ages 11 to 13 understand the connections between media and health. The program uses nutrition and physical activity examples to help youth learn about these connections and build their media analysis skills. Media-Smart Youth brings together a mix of learning formats, including brainstorming, small- and large-group discussions, games, and creative productions. All these activities are intended to create discussion and encourage problem solving and critical thinking. The curriculum includes 10 structured lessons with activities that explore media, nutrition, or physical activity topics. Each lesson also includes a Snack Break and an Action Break. These breaks reflect the nutrition and physical activity content of the curriculum and provide a fun, hands-on way to experience these concepts. The curriculum concludes with a Big Production—an opportunity for participants to use what they have learned to create a media project designed to motivate other young people to take action for better nutrition or increased physical activity. In the process, the youth learn new skills in production, teamwork, and creativity. For more information, visit the Media-Smart Youth Web site at:

    Download the Media-Smart Youth Evaluation Tool together with Youth Curriculum Evaluation Instructions for Facilitators to start evaluating your Media-Smart Youth programming.

    Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television (S.M.A.R.T.)

    Cost: $199
    Ordering Information :

    Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television (S.M.A.R.T.) is a 3rd to 4th grade classroom curriculum designed to motivate children to reduce their television watching and video game usage. Studies conducted by Stanford University researchers have shown that reducing time spent watching television and playing video games can result in lower prevalence of childhood obesity as well as less aggression in children. The S.M.A.R.T. curriculum was successfully tested with elementary schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. The curriculum is intended to be used over the course of the school year and includes all the lesson plans and tools needed to implement the program.

    Download the S.M.A.R.T. Evaluation Tool together with the Youth Curriculum Evaluation Instructions for Facilitators to start evaluating your S.M.A.R.T. programming.

    S.M.A.R.T. was developed by child health and behavior researchers in the Department of Pediatrics and the Stanford Prevention Research Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The curriculum is copyrighted by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University and is fully protected by all applicable rights.  Please address any questions regarding the reproduction of this curriculum to:

    The Health Promotion Resource Center
    Stanford Prevention Research Center
    211 Quarry Road, Suite 229
    Stanford, CA 94305-5705
    Phone: (650) 723-0003

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  • We Can! Poster

    This attractive poster shows that you responded to the question, “Who can make it happen?”and joined We Can!   The poster is a great way to promote your We Can! programming in community centers, schools, doctors' offices, or community events.

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  • We Can! Print Ad (in English and Spanish)

    Use this program Print Ad to promote your We Can! programming in publications throughout your community.

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  • We Can! Logo and Logo Guidelines

    Use these logos to brand your We Can! programming. Each of the following logos should always be used without distoring or altering the shape, proportions, letters, or colors of the image. This file is compressed (zipped). You need a program to unzip the files. If you do not have a program, you may download WinZip®.

    The two-color We Can! Logo
    The Black Logo is best used for one-color print products or when printing on a black-and-white laser printer or with a lighter solid color background such as cyan or light green.
    The White Logo will look good on a solid background like black or dark colors.
    The Gray Logo

    Download the Logo Guidelines for parameters in using the We Can! brand in banners, posters, promotional materials and giveaways that promote We Can! programming in your community.

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  • We Can! Partner Presentation

    Do you need to explain the essence of We Can! to partners or members of your community?  Use this pPresentation to tell potential partners about your involvement in We Can! Use the presentation's list of potential partner "asks" to solicit support.
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  • We Can! Matte Articles

    We Can! has created and distributed two matte articles on portion control and BMI. Matte articles are news stories that are prewritten, with a graphic or photo included, and distributed to more than 10,000 newspapers nationwide for possible inclusion in daily news coverage. You can also photocopy these articles and distribute them in your community to help communicate program messages.
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  • We Can! Materials

    For a full list of materials available to you through We Can! and the National Institutes of Health, visit the We Can! Resources page.
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