The CDC Model
CATCH is one of the coordinated school health programs selected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as part of their “Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child” (WSCC) model. The WSCC model, like the CATCH Program, recognizes the importance of different factors working together to improve the health of a child.
For a full description of how CATCH fits in with each component of the WSCC model, view this helpful PDF, or download it to share with your team!
From the CDC Website:
Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns. Research shows a link between the health outcomes of young people and their academic success. To have the most positive impact on the health outcomes of young people, government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together through a collaborative and comprehensive approach.