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Coordinated Approach To Child Health [CATCH]

Program Type: Evidence Based Practice - Programs formally evaluated to be effective, sometimes called "Best Practices", that can be replicated and implemented, even with modifications in other settings

Coordinated Approach To Child Health [CATCH] and is an evidence-based, coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity, healthy food choices and the prevention of tobacco use in children. The CATCH Programs cover kids from preschool through 8th grade and has been implemented in thousands of schools and after-school organizations across America and Canada. By teaching children that eating healthy and being physically active every day can be FUN, the CATCH Program has proven that establishing healthy habits in childhood can promote behavior changes that can last a lifetime. Over 20 years of research and development have made CATCH a model program – replicated in over 8,500 schools and communities. State and County Health Departments across the country are using CATCH to make a lasting impact on the health of children and their families. CATCH is an evidence-based, National Institutes of Health [NIH]-funded program proven to increase physical activity, improve student nutrition habits, reduce sodium and saturated fats in school lunches, sustain student health behaviors at least three years post intervention, and decrease obesity rates.

Age Group(s):
Children, Adolescents

Site Type(s):
Community, School

Health Indicator(s):
Nutrition , Physical Activity , Tobacco Use

Service Area:

Physical activity, School health


Name: Alberta
Site or Location Name: National Office
5300 Homestead Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: 505-248-4238