Volume 3, Issue 5
May 2013
Peter Cribb, Bonnie Martin, Ray Langlois,
Christine Jovanovic, Sarah Milan
Greetings from CATCH USA

As the school year comes to an end, I am once again reminded how amazing our CATCH schools and communities really are. 

I was recently invited to visit a school garden at River Place Elementary in one of our local school districts. It seems the school has made their "Titan Garden" part of a school-wide CATCH activity. According to Ray Langlois (Asst. Director of Safe and Healthy Students, Leander ISD), the school has made their garden a center piece in providing healthy life-style choices cross-curricula and easy to incorporate into the classroom. 

Ray went on to say, "through the process of growing and harvesting, the students, families and teachers have found a unified method of demonstrating the CATCH principles of healthy lifestyles through physical activity and nutrition. "Our PE department, Child Nutrition Services and the parents and teachers on the campus have planned and completed several activities on how to eat nutritious including a project called Eating a Rainbow."

River Place Elementary is only one example of what many CATCH schools and communities are capable of when it comes to teaching kids how to be healthy for a lifetime. The school has been featured in the American Statesman and you can read more about their great work in the Titan Garden Blog they keep. Good Job! 

 What's New at CATCH News?
Jared Fogle and Representative
Cindy Burkett (R-Mesquite)

Brooks Ballard reports on Subway spokesman and CATCH supporter Jared Folge's recent visit to Austin, Texas. Jared (pictured here with Mesquite Representative Cindy Burkett) was there for the Texas Supports Healthy Schools event at the capital. Jared was also able to visit some of the local CATCH schools and meet with several of the University of Texas-School of Public Health researchers of the program.    


Jo Ambrose and Peter Cribb with a great training group in Springfield, Illinois

The CATCH Team has been very busy recently traveling, training and attending conventions and conferences. We had a large group of enthusiastic CATCH participants in Illinois and New Jersey and Kathy Chichester gives a great report on her recent NSBA and APHERD conferences in San Diego, CA and Charlotte, NC.

And don't miss Montanan Lisa Tims debut as one of our new CATCH USA News contributors. Lisa has spent her professional career improving health literacy for a wide array of topics including, tobacco, osteoporosis, obesity, emergency preparedness and oral health. She will be reporting on her recent presentation to Western Montana Superintendents on CATCH and how the program thrives in the Missoula community. 


And be sure to visit the new CATCH USA website to see how you can bring CATCH to your community.

Peter Cribb, MEd
National CATCH Director 


[email protected] 


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Activity of the Month
This month we feature a great warm up/cool down activity for middle school students called " Team Rock-Paper-Scissors" that really keeps them moving
Team Rock-Paper-Scissors
  Cllick HERE to watch!
New CATCH Report Available
The new CATCH Report is complete and available online at the CATCH USA website.

The CATCH Report is full of great information on the different programs, research, testimonials and stories about communities who have benefited from implementing CATCH.  

If you would like to have a hard copy of the report please write:
Kathy Chichester
and get your copy! 
Did you miss our
April 25th 

Not a problem, we record and archive all of our webinars.

Implementing CATCH Statewide in Illinois: Featuring Margie Harris, Program Manager for Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Illinois Department of Health, and Rick Sanders, PE and Health Coordinator for the Springfield School District.

If you missed these great guests please click here to view.  

If you have any questions for this or other upcoming or past webinars please write to: [email protected]

Jared with Arlington Representative Diane Patrick
Jared Pays a Visit! 
By Brooks Ballard

SUBWAY� spokesperson and philanthropist, Jared Fogle, teamed up with the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living and The University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) for "Texas Supports Healthy Schools" at the state capitol in Austin on April 10th.

The event sought to bring awareness to school policies and programs that promote student fitness and healthy eating. This was a great time to promote CATCH since over half the K-8 schools in Texas have implemented the program. 

The CATCH Team visited the offices of several legislators, met with the Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams, and Jared was recognized with proclamations in both the House and Senate.

For more about Jared's visit click here
New After-School Toolkit
By Carol Caldara

ericandkidsThe YMCA of the USA Health Promotion Standards include guidelines for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in out of school time programs. The standards recommend that sites dedicate at least 20%, or at least 30 minutes of morning or after-school program time to physical activity (60 minutes for a full day program). Simply adopting these standards, however,  does not ensure successful implementation of health promotion policies.


The A + Toolkit was designed by researchers to assist after school sites with program self assessment and action planning in support of the Health Promotion Standards. The attached article suggests that meeting the physical activity standards for many sites is a challenge; CATCH Kids Club is included as a resource that supports training, equipment, evaluation, and coordination as after school sites work towards meeting the standard recommendations.

Information about the A+ Toolkit is available under the Evaluations and Surveys section in the CATCH Resource Vault/CATCH Kids Club.  



CATCH Featured at National 

School Boards Association Conference


Judy Lobianco, Jared Fogle, Peter Cribb

Peter Cribb, National CATCH Director, Judy Lobianco, Supervisor for Health, PE and Nursing Services at South Orange Maplewood School District in NJ, and Jared Fogle, Founder of the Jared Foundation, joined forces to present educational sessions on CATCH at the 73rd annual NSBA Conference in San Diego.


Ms Lobianco presented that since South Orange-Maplewood Schools (enr. 6,300) has implemented CATCH,  the program has had a positive impact on student nutritional choices and the amount of physical activity in grades K- 5. CATCH has transformed the school culture to connect healthy, active lifestyles, and has improved academic performance.


Mr Cribb added, "support of Superintendents, School Boards, and administrators are keys to implementing and sustaining CATCH successfully".


CATCH Team at National AAHPERD Convention

The CATCH team recently attended the American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention in Charlotte, NC. Over 5000 health and physical education professionals attended educational sessions including CATCH MVPA strategies, and Be Active Against Bullying, a physical activity based bullying awareness program that CATCH is honored to support as part of a healthy school environment.    

CATCH News from Big Sky Country

By Lisa Tims, Missoula CATCH Coordinator

Lisa with Hearty Heart at one of their recent Missoula Health Fairs


I have just returned from the Western Montana Superintendent's Association monthly gathering where I was invited to give a presentation on the CATCH program in the Missoula community. 

Superintendents learned why Missoula chose CATCH, implementation strategies, and how CATCH has grown into a community-wide obesity preventative program. 

Most school districts adopt and support the program on their own; in Western Montana, however, we have a unique structure.  Providence St. Patrick Hospital sponsors CATCH in schools and community sites through the funding of curriculum materials and by providing staff members to give on-going technical support and training. 

CATCH is thriving throughout Missoula County and surrounding areas. CATCH messaging can be found all over the place, including the local food bank, the Missoula Children's Museum, in the public parks, as well as community and school wellness fairs. Missoula talks the CATCH talk.

Montana Superintendents who want to kick-start CATCH in their district or just learn more about CATCH were given my contact information. I hope to help other communities enjoy and learn from the CATCH program as Missoula has.

Lisa will be our special guest for the May CATCH webinar!   

CATCH Early Childhood Online Training Now Available!
The CATCH Early Childhood online training course covers all aspects of the program including materials (curriculum, activity box and parent tip sheets), implementation and evaluating that the program is working. Other aspects of the course include information on the current health status of children, the CATCH philosophy and video demonstrations involving children participating in the activities and nutrition lessons. The online course is made up of 9 modules including a course evaluation requested at the end of completion. The course also provides two quizzes to give the participants feedback on what they have learned.

For more information click here!
Have any CATCH News you would like to share?  

-Kathy Chichester                                         Staff Writers-Megan Conklin, Kacey Hansen, Carol Caldera,
                                                                                                       Eileen Avato, Matt Mertens, Russell Taylor
Executive Editor-Peter Cribb                                
Contributing Writers              
Lisa Tims, Deanna Hoelscher, Steve Kelder, Jared Fogle, Stephen Cooke, George Carmel      

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