Humana Foundation, Baptist Community Ministries
Jefferson Parish is a CATCH Promise priority district.
To learn more about the CATCH Promise, click here.
The New Orleans CATCH project aims to increase physical activity and healthy eating, reduce obesity, and create health-promoting environments for approximately 18,000 students in 39 elementary schools in the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS). Jefferson Parish borders the city of New Orleans to the west and south and is the largest school system in Louisiana, educating nearly 50,000 students in pre-K to 12th grade. JPPSS serves a high percentage of low-income and minority youth – 78% eligible for free or reduced lunch, 41% African American, 24% Hispanic – factors associated with higher rates of overweight and obesity.
Results from Phase 1 showed a 56% increase in time spent being physically active during P.E. class as well as a 23% boost in the number of days per week kids reported being moderately to vigorously physically active. The CATCH Program successfully moved the needle in students’ understanding of the connection between their diet and overall health, which is underscored by a 13% increase in self-reported water consumption.
“My discipline referrals across the board have gone down dramatically, attendance at school has gone up, and grades have gone up.”- Ben Moscona, Principal, Bridgedale Elementary
“The CATCH program is awesome. We are all practicing healthy habits with our food choices, physical activity, and social and emotional wellbeing.”- Colleen Winkler, Principal, Chateau Estates Elementary
“As a school we have done well in the cafeteria and at PE with the implementation of CATCH. Our Family fun night was a huge success!!!”- Principal, Vic Pitre Elementary School
Not only are we teaching kids nutrition, we are teaching the parents as well.”- Linda Hocke, Child Nutrition Service Manager
CATCH is real! This program is here to stay. We are moving forward.- Coach Deanne Dunn, William Hart Elementary
Featured MediaView All Media
- Healthy attitude: Jeff schools teaching kids to eat right, get moving New Orleans, LA | September 21, 2016
- Kenner school implements wellness program for its students New Orleans, LA | October 15, 2016
Web Posts / Newsletters
- CATCH® returns to New Orleans with help from Humana Foundation August 10, 2016
- New Orleans District to Expand Health Promotion Program to Sixteen More Elementary Schools July 25, 2017
"Some pics from this month's trip to visit @JPPSS CATCH schools! Thanks @Humana Foundation for supporting CATCH in Jefferson Parish!"
"This photo was sent to us from Clancy Maggiore Elementary School (Jefferson Parish Public Schools) showing their work from a "Join the CATCH Chain" activity."
"We had a great time visiting with Catherine Strehle Elementary School! Lots of wonderful CATCH spirit all around 🙂 #CATCHKickOff
Thanks to the Humana Foundation for their continued support of Jefferson Parish Public Schools!"
"Students and staff at Catherine Strehle Elementary School do a GO vs. WHOA foods activity as part of their CATCH Kick-Off Week! #CATCHKickOff"
"What a way to start the week! Bridgedale Elementary students go through a CATCH activity at today's Phase II kickoff event. Thanks to a grant from Humana, thousands more JPPSS elementary students will participate in this scientifically proven wellness program."
"Such a treat today to see how @JPPSS' Bridgedale Elementary gets kids excited about movement & nutrition! Smiles all around! #CATCHkickoff"
"Thrilled to be at Bridgedale Elementary today announcing our @JPPSS Phase 2 launch thanks to a generous grant from the @Humana Foundation!"
"Check out this video highlighting our site visits to @JPPSS schools last month! #NOLA"
"@ClancyEagles students wore their creatively awesome GO foods hats on Friday. @CATCHhealth shows students which foods are GO, SLOW, and WHOA"
"@ClancyEagles had a @CATCHhealth week. Ms Peters had her very own healthy "fruit salad" in her class."
"We had a great visit to our CATCH sites in Jefferson Parish Public Schools this month. Check out some of the activities and visuals helping promote healthy lifestyles for JPPS kids! Thanks to the Humana Foundation for supporting CATCH in Jefferson Parish!"
"Honored to be Humana Foundation's "Spotlight on Success" in their January newsletter! Thank you, Humana, for generously supporting CATCH's efforts in Jefferson Parish Public Schools!"
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