CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is an evidence-based, coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices. For more information on this program, go to http://www.catchinfo.org/.
The CATCH Program considers school cafeterias an extension of the classroom. Through the Eat Smart component, breakfast and lunch become opportunities for children to learn, practice, and adopt healthy eating habits. School Food Service personnel prepare healthier meals and help coordinate healthy messages with the rest of the school. Check out the following link to find out more about "My Plate" (http://www.myplate.gov).
The CATCH Go for Health Series is a K5 thru 5th grade classroom health education curriculum that teaches children to identify, practice, and adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits. Hands-on activities encourage changes in behavior that support healthful eating and physical activity patterns-primary risk factors of heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and obesity.
CATCH PE combines high energy, non-elimination activities with teaching strategies that keep kids moving and having fun. CATCH PE significantly increases physical activity levels of students during PE class, and provides for a variety of learning experiences for students of all abilities.
The CATCH Family component is designed to get students, parents, and extended family members involved in practicing and adopting healthy eating and physical activity behaviors at home. By doing so, the home environment becomes an extension of the CATCH Program at school. CATCH Kids Club, has been designed for after-school and summer enrichment settings. Healthy messages are reinforced beyond the school day via physical activity and nutrition education sessions.
Family Wellness website provides tremendous resources for families to incorporate healthy living and nutrition at home! Check it out for tips on healthy snacks, family fitness, and great seasonal activities.
AJ's Garden is a work in progress! It will be built in stages, with the first stage now fully complete. This first stage features a Greenville Food Organization (GOFO) organic vegetable garden (5 raised beds).