Let’s Teach Health

When Are We Going to Teach Health?

Let’s Teach Health as If Each Child’s Life Depends on It – Because It Does.

A new book by CATCH Global Foundation Founder & CEO, Duncan Van Dusen

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Half of the proceeds from this book will fund CATCH Promise, bringing health education to low-income schools.

Now Available (Released Nov 10th, 2020)

Limited Edition Copy

Donors who give $100 or more in support of CATCH Global Foundation will receive a limited edition, signed, hardcover copy of When Are We Going to Teach Health?. Hardcover copies will only available through this offer.

Fact: Health improves learning.

Yet nationwide, elementary school students spend 12 times more classroom hours studying history than health. Worse, most kids don’t get enough physical activity and over 5 million underage youth vape.

In When Are We Going to Teach Health?, Duncan Van Dusen, the CEO of one of the most widely-used youth health education programs in the world, makes a novel, sometimes irreverent, case for prioritizing “Whole Child” health and SEL in K-12 schools.

He shows why health drives academic success, what makes teaching health effective, and how to create a school environment that delivers and sustains healthy behavior. Using case studies, tips, and recommended actions, he describes proven youth empowerment and skills-based health education techniques to increase kids’ physical activity and healthy food choices and to decrease youth vaping.

Praise for
When Are We Going to Teach Health?

“Our schools provide a powerful platform to provide evidence-based health education to all of our children. Van Dusen provides a compelling blueprint for changing our attitude about health in schools across our nation.”

Dr. Ron DePinho, 4th President of MD Anderson Cancer Center & Founder, Opa Health

“A quick read and a must read. It makes a compelling case that schools need to prioritize both health education and SEL skills to ensure healthy kids who can fulfill their potential and offers practical suggestions any school can implement.”

Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach For America, CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All

About the Author

Duncan Van Dusen is the Founder & CEO of CATCH Global Foundation, whose evidence-based “Whole Child” health programs reach over 15,000 schools and more than 3 million children annually. He has consulted with hundreds of schools on creating a culture of wellness, and speaks regularly on health behavior theory, health education, and the youth vaping epidemic.

Van Dusen completed his undergraduate education at Princeton University and earned his MPH from the University of Texas School of Public Health. He has authored peer-reviewed scientific papers in Public Health Reports and Journal of School Health. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and empowering his own daughters to exercise, avoid tobacco, and eat their vegetables.

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