CATCH!

Last week I was a substitute for an K-3 PE teacher. It was a pretty easy day, the kids rotated around 5 stations and it kept them moving, busy, and occupied for the 30 minute class.

I had a little bit of a break between classes, and I noticed all these posters on the wall of the gym.

They really intrigued me and I just HAD to take some pictures. Also, you may notice the little logo in the upper left-hand corner that says CATCH.

 

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I had to Google it to see what it stood for. Here’s what I found:

CATCH stands for Coordinated Approach to Child Health

From their website:

CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is an evidence-based, coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices, and prevent tobacco use in children from preschool through grade 8. The program is currently being implemented in over 7,500 schools and after-school programs across the United States and Canada.

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 changes that can last a lifetime.

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I love these posters that go along with the program. Very eye-catching for the kids, fun images, and lots of information. This “Clues to Healthy Eating” poster lists fruits, vegetables, whole grain foods, and lean meats.

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Go foods – the really good stuff! It says they are “almost anytime foods.”

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Slow foods – things we should only eat sometimes.

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Whoa foods – once in a while foods.

I love the Go, Slow, Whoa posters. They rhyme (fun) and make it really clear for kids what things are good for you and what things aren’t so good.

Sometimes I think kids have no idea what kinds of things are healthy and good for your body – they just see what their parents eat and, let’s face it, most adults don’t eat the 5 servings of produce they should get everyday, let alone all the other good stuff. Getting kids to eat better and the fight against childhood obesity is such a big issue right now, and I love that the district I work for is trying to get kids healthy. That’s definitely something I am on board with.

Unfortunately, when I look at the cafeteria menu for breakfast and lunch, the kids are still eating lots of sugary, processed, high fat items. Things like sugary cereals, Funyuns with lunch, and fried tenderloin and chicken patties for lunch. Kind of counter-intuitive, no?

Now, I know that schools are on tight budgets to provide food for children. And I know that the cheaper foods are usually the more unhealthy foods. But it’s also not solely the school’s responsibility to teach the kids about nutrition and healthy living.

 

So, where do you stand on the issue?

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One thought on “CATCH!

  1. Megan

    I totally think that school lunches need to step it up, especially in elem. school. Once you’re in middle school or HS, you know what you want to eat, even if it’s not healthy, but they should always offer healthy options.

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