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  • CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is a school-based health program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices and prevent tobacco use.  CATCH transforms a child’s environment, culture, and society by coordinating child health efforts across all aspects of the educational experience: classroom, food services, physical education, and family.  Proven to reverse childhood obesity in numerous studies, and adopted by more than 8,500 schools in the United States and abroad, it is the most widespread and researched coordinated school health program in the world.  For 25 years, the CATCH Programs have guided kids on how to be healthy for a lifetime and it is now the #1 health promotion and childhood obesity prevention program available.  Check out CATCH USA and CATCH Texas for more information.
    Dallas ISD has adopted the CATCH Program as their Coordinated School Health Program for all elementary and middle schools.  Each school had a "team" of four trained in the CATCH Program.  Team members could have included a classroom teacher, physical education teacher, nurse, counselor, cafeteria manager, parents, community liaison, or administrator.
    • All K-8 schools have a set of the CATCH curriculum and the CATCH Coordination Toolkit.
    • Additionally, 35 middle schools received a grant from the University of Texas, School of Public Health that provided CATCH facilitators to each campus, additional curriculum, gift cards to host family wellness events/health fairs, t-shirts, etc.  The two year grant culminated at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, and it helped to further sustain Coordinated School Health efforts on the middle school campus'. 
    The CATCH GO–SLOW–WHOA List is a tool to guide children and families toward making healthful food choices. The overall message is that all foods can fit into a healthful diet, which consists of more GO foods than SLOW foods, and more SLOW foods than WHOA foods.


    Foods are divided into seven sections, five of which are the food groups (Vegetables; Fruits; Grains; Milk and Dairy Foods; Meat, Beans, and Eggs). The other two sections are Fats and Other.