CATCH stands for Coordinated Approach to Child Health. CATCH is a multi-componentcoordinated school health program that builds an alliance of parents, teachers, child nutrition personnel, school staff, and community partners to teach children and their families how to be healthy for a lifetime.
Providence St. Patrick Hospital has adopted the evidence-based program because research has shown it prevents childhood obesity. CATCH is based in pre-K, elementary, and middle schools, and helps children improve their knowledge and practice of healthful eating and physical activity habits. It is successful because it is truly a coordinated approach and, most importantly, fun.
As part of St. Patrick Hospital’s mission and community outreach efforts, it offers the CATCH Program at no cost to schools, after- school programs, community recreation programs, and other organizations that work with school-aged children.
Implementing the CATCH Program is easy. A CATCH coordinator will visit your site to help formulate a plan for teaching the curriculum in the classroom and in PE classes, making changes to breakfast and lunch menus, and organizing family events.