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CATCH: Coordinated Approach to Child Health. Why CATCH? Obese Children and Adolescents: NHANES. Equal or greater than 95% age/sex CDC Growth Charts. Sources: Medline, 2006; Ogden et al. JAMA ;195:1549-55; Hedley et al. JAMA ;291:2847-2850;

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why catch obese children and adolescents nhanes
Why CATCH?Obese Children and Adolescents: NHANES

Equal or greater than 95% age/sex CDC Growth Charts

Sources: Medline, 2006;

Ogden et al. JAMA;195:1549-55; Hedley et al. JAMA;291:2847-2850;

Ogden et al., 2008; Ogden et al., 2010; Ogden et al., 2012

why catch because it works
Why CATCH? Because it works!
  • CATCH components:
  • demonstrated an increase in vigorous physical activity levels and activity time after school and on the weekend;
  • have shown a decrease in TV watching and sedentary activities;
  • have shown improvements in standardized test scores;
  • demonstrated effects in increasing bone density (e.g., stiffness index).
what is catch coordinated school health
What is CATCH & Coordinated School Health?


  • A fun and exciting program that promotes physical activity and healthy food choices.
  • A coordinated and doable program that will be implemented campus-wide!

Coordinated School Health

  • A process which brings a school community together to teach children to be healthy for a lifetime.
catch coordinated framework
CATCH Coordinated Framework

Environments directly shape behavior!

our school goal
Our School Goal

To be a school where everyone is working together and speaking a common language that creates and maintains a healthy school environment.

the language of catch
The “Language of CATCH”
  • CATCH blends coordination throughout multiple components by using consistent language.
    • GO, SLOW, & WHOA Foods
go slow whoa

GOfoods are lower in fat, and/or added sugar, and/or they are less processed relative to foods in the same food group and are commonly described as ‘whole foods’.

SLOWfoods are higher in fat, and/or added sugar, and may be more processed than GO foods.

WHOAfoods are highest in fat, added sugar, and/or are the most

catch mvp school

Aims to achieve healthy behaviors and positive outcomes in the following areas:

  • Move and stay active
  • Value healthy eating
  • Practice healthy habits
activity break
Activity Break

Zero In

(a math break)

who s involved
Who’s involved?
    • Everyone has a role and resources to use in implementing CATCH on the campus.
  • The CATCH Team
    • The CATCH Team mobilizes the school community and guides the process.
what is my role
What is my role?
  • As CATCH Champion, I am:
    • Leader of the CATCH Team
    • Keeper of the CATCH materials/resources
    • Charged with keeping the CATCH ball rolling
how can you help
How can you help?

Support the Coordinated School Health/CATCH Team

Model healthy behaviors

Utilize your CATCH resources and implement your specific initiatives

what do we use
What do we use?

The CATCH Program Materials

child nutrition materials
Child Nutrition Materials

Eat Smart Guidebook & Coordination Folder

specialized support staff materials
Specialized & Support Staff Materials

Coordination Folder & Classroom Supplements

parent leader family materials
Parent Leader & Family Materials

Coordination Folder & Home Team Materials

catch pe materials
CATCH PE Materials

Coordination Folder & PE Activity Boxes and Guidebook

your catch resources

To review:

All CATCH Program Materials are designed to promote physical activity and healthy eating.

Everyone has materials and resources to get involved!

Your CATCH Resources
how do we coordinate our efforts the catch coordination k it
How do we coordinate our efforts?The CATCH Coordination Kit

The Coordination Kit is a “roadmap” to help organize the CATCH Team and campus efforts.

There are 6 Six-Week Themes in the Coordination Toolkit that focus implementation on a common

school-wide initiative.

Each 6 weeks/theme, everyone has doable tasks/initiatives to implement campus-wide.

your coordination folder
Your Coordination Folder

Includes information about:

  • Why CATCH?
  • Your CATCH Role
  • CATCH MVP School
  • CATCH Coordination Guide
    • Using the Guide
    • Making it Happen
  • Theme Implementation Tasks
  • Resources (Spanish and English)
where do we go from here
Where do we go from here?
  • Speak a Coordinated Language
    • “Language of CATCH”:
      • GO, SLOW, WHOA
      • CATCH MVP
  • Utilize the CATCH Resources
    • CATCH Component Materials
      • Eat Smart Guidebook, PE Activity Box & Classroom Lessons
    • CATCH Coordination Kit
      • Coordination Folder
let s make the healthy choice easy
Let’s Make the Healthy Choice Easy!

Support the Coordinated School Health/CATCH Team

Model healthy behaviors

Implement your specific tasks/initiatives

It takes EVERYONE working together!