News & Events

CATCH Visits Tijuana!

The CATCH program and CATCH Global Foundation continue to spread our message of child health throughout the globe. This month, CATCH Executive Director Duncan Van Dusen and Dr. Andrew Springer of the UT School of Public Health traveled to Tijuana … Read More

CATCH Healthy Habits featured at APHA

CATCH Healthy Habits featured at APHA: Developments in Aging Research CATCH Healthy Habits is an evidence-based intergenerational approach to improving child and older adult physical activity and nutrition. Peter Holgrave, Director of the OASIS Institute CATCH Healthy Habits Program presented … Read More

Dec03

Texas AHPERD

Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center  |  Full Details
Dec09

CATCH Webinar with Brighter Bites

  |  11:00 AM CT  |  Full Details
Mar21

NSBA Conference

Music City Center  |  All Day  |  Full Details
Mar29

NHSA Conference and Expo

Washington DC  |  All Day  |  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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The CATCH Coalition

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  • flaghouse
  • jared-foundation
  • coordinated-health
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