Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011

Middle School Teachers Participate in CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) TrainingAbout 75 teachers from across the state, including 41 from Greenville County middle schools, recently participated in the CATCH in the Middle Schools training workshop at Sevier Middle School.

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is a program that seeks to positively influence children’s attitudes and behaviors towards nutrition and physical activity. In the largest school-based health promotion study that has ever been done in the United States, CATCH has helped to improve children’s food and activity behaviors, increase levels of activity in physical education classes, and reduce the fat content of school lunches. By teaching children that eating healthy and being physically active every day can be fun, the CATCH Program has proven that establishing healthy habits in childhood can promote behavior change that carry into adulthood.

By the start of the 2011-12 school year, all 50 elementary schools in Greenville County will be trained to implement the CATCH program.  Also, nine GCS middle schools will become the first middle schools in the nation to use the CATCH in the Middle School program. They are: Greenville, Greer, Lakeview, Mauldin, Northwood, Ralph Chandler, Sevier, Sterling, and Tanglewood.

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