Cafeteria (GO, SLOW, WHOA)
One of the ways in which CATCH supports child health is through nutritional coordination with school lunchrooms and other food providers.
CATCH impresses on students key lessons about the nutritional value of various food groups. CATCH uses a stoplight model to break foods out into three groups: GO, SLOW, and WHOA foods. The goal is to eat more GO foods than SLOW foods, and to eat WHOA foods only in very small amounts. GO describes foods that are whole grain, unprocessed fruits and vegetables, lowest in fat, contain no added sugar, and can be eaten daily. SLOW describes foods that are slightly processed and may have some added salt, fat or sugar. WHOA describes foods that have the highest fat and sugar.
CATCH emphasizes the importance of creating an environment that encourages and supports healthy choices. Cafeterias provide an ideal forum where students learn and practice “eating smart” every day.
Below is an example of a poster our friends in Dallas ISD use to advertise healthy choices in the cafeteria. Just one of many ways of advertising the GO, SLOW and WHOA concept in your own school or program!
Rebecca S. Morley, CLC, MA
Eat Smart Coordinator
Missoula City-County Health Department