News & Events

All Texas YMCA Sites to Have Access to CATCH

AUSTIN, Texas—December 18, 2014 – The CATCH Global Foundation and the Texas State Alliance of YMCAs today announced a collaboration to bring the evidence-based CATCH child health program to all of the YMCA sites in Texas that don’t already use … Read More

Susan Combs Joins CATCH’s High-Powered Board of Directors

Child health non-profit organization the CATCH Global Foundation is excited to announce this week that Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Susan Combs, is joining their Board of Directors. “Susan Combs has been an effective crusader for child health and nutrition … Read More

Mar17

SHAPE National Convention

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Mar21

NSBA Conference

Music City Center  |  Full Details
Mar29

NHSA Conference and Expo

Washington DC  |  Full Details

What's theProblem?

  • One in every three children in the U.S. is overweight or obese.

  • An estimated $190.2 billion is spent every year on obesity-related illness.

  • Physical fitness in childhood and adolescence plays a key role in brain health and academic performance.

  • Only 19% of Americans get the recommended amount
    of physical activity.


How We Can Fix It

Based on 25 years of scientific evidence-based research, CATCH approaches these problems through a variety of components

  • Cafeteria
  • Family & Community
  • Physical Education
  • Classroom


  • Pre-K
  • Grades K-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • After-School

Helping children to embrace healthy behaviors for a lifetime

CATCH Early Childhood (CEC) is designed to nurture a love of physical activity, provide an introduction to classroom-based gardening and nutrition, and encourage healthy eating in children ages 3-5. Little ones are motivated to walk, run, jump, dance and move their whole bodies while playing and having fun! Read More

Positively impacting children's knowledge and behavior

CATCH for K-5 focuses on coordinating four components: the Eat Smart school nutrition program, K-5 Classroom curriculum, a Physical Education program, and a Family program. The coordination of health messages between these four component areas is critical to positively impact children’s knowledge and behavior. Read More

Educating young people and supporting healthful lifestyles

CATCH for 6-8 focuses on coordinating four components: the Eat Smart school nutrition program, 6-8 Classroom curriculum, a Physical Education program, and a Family program. The coordination of health messages between these four component areas is critical to positively impact children’s knowledge and behavior. Read More

Physical activity and nutrition education for K-8 children

CATCH Kids Club (CKC) is a physical activity and nutrition education program designed for elementary and middle school aged children (grades K – 8) in an after-school or summer setting. Read More

  • See it in Action

    Case Study: New Hampshire CATCH Kids Club

    With support from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the New Hampshire CATCH Kids Club program has reached over 100 out-of-school sites across New Hampshire. When the work first started, directors and staff at New Hampshire out-of-school programs were looking for ways to increase physical activity and healthy eating in the children they served. Read More


  • See it in Action

    Case Study: Discover: CATCH Early Childhood

    The Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA), in collaboration with The University of Texas School of Public Health has created Discover: CATCH Early Childhood to help address childhood obesity in their communities. Based on a foundation of Jewish values, the program … Read More


  • See it in Action

    Case Study: Dallas ISD

    Dallas ISD is the 2nd largest school district in Texas and the 15th largest in the country. Dallas ISD began implementing CATCH in 2009 after a thorough review of best practices around the country, and today the district uses CATCH in all 201 elementary-middle schools, serving 122,000 schoolchildren. Read More


Want to Get Involved?

Talk to a CATCH Specialist now to learn more about our program and how to participate.

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