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.
Oklahoma Department of Health
The CATCH Program for schools is based on the CDC coordinated school health model (as it relates to physical activity and diet) in which eight components work interactively to educate young people about and provide support for a healthful lifestyle. Recently, the CDC has expanded on the coordinated school health model to create the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The purpose of the WSCC model is to establish greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between health and education across the school setting. Consistent with the WSCC model, CATCH builds alliances of parents, teachers, child nutrition personnel, school staff, and community partners to teach children to make healthful decisions and to create changes in the environment that support these decisions.
We have enhanced the platform by incorporating the evidence-based HEADS UP science education program and the IMPACT physical activity program. HEADS UP was designed to excite middle and high school students about science, and places an emphasis on learning science concepts through health related examples.
CATCH transforms the school environment and provides kids with the knowledge and skills to lead healthy lives.
CATCH 6-8 has been proven to:
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