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 in our elementary school health education curriculum is critical to positively impact children’s knowledge and behavior.
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.
Supervisor, Health, Physical Education and Nursing Services
South Orange-Maplewood School District
CATCH transforms the school environment and provides kids with the knowledge and skills to lead healthy lives.
CATCH K-5 has been proven to:
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