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About CATCH Kids

CATCH stands for a Coordinated Approach to Child Health. By uniting multiple players in a child’s life to create a community of health, CATCH is proven to prevent childhood obesity and supported by 25 years and 120 academic papers indicating as much as 11% decrease in overweight and obesity. Our community health programs aim to impact the messaging a child receives in physical education, the lunchroom, the classroom, and at home, to influence a child’s choices not only in school, but lifelong.

Two of the most important ways that CATCH creates behavior change are by enabling children to identify healthy foods, and by increasing the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) children engage in each day. Our health education curriculumuses terminology for identifying healthful foods–GO, SLOW and WHOA–that has been adopted colloquially nationwide as a simple means of labeling food’s nutritional content.

Further, CATCH is designed and proven to coordinate healthy messages throughout the community and fully integrates the Centers for Disease Control’s “Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child” model; the expanded Coordinated School Health approach. Simply put, our community health programs are effective and fun.

CATCH Activity Boxes and PE Trainings arm teachers with the tools needed to increase students’ MVPA, and our curriculum provides teachers with simple suggestions of how to incorporate physical activity into their lessons.

Who created CATCH?

CATCH was first developed in the late 1980s, funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute through a collaborative effort by the University of California at San Diego, University of Minnesota, Tulane University, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. Referred to as the Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health, CATCH was the largest school-based health promotion study ever conducted in the United States.

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The 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool program is funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Arizona Department of Education.  For more information visit:  http://www.azed.gov/21stcclc/