Volume 3, Issue 7
July 2013
Greetings from CATCH USA

Peter Cribb, M.Ed. 
National CATCH Director 
and (part-time) on air personality
One of the best things about my job is being able to speak with all the wonderful people who fund, implement and run the CATCH programs. The level of support and dedication in our CATCH communities is incredible. 

Through our webinar series we have had experts in nutrition, physical activity, public health and policy making graciously share their experiences and stories.

If you haven't caught one of our webinars you can still view them on our archive page. Be sure not to miss our next webinar July 25th at 11:30 am (CST) featuring the largest CATCH after-school implementation in the country. (see details below). 

Other news this month concerns the recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report entitled "Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School." Our own Harold (Bill) Kohl III, PhD chaired the IOM committee that wrote the report.

Dr. Kohl is one of our faculty members with the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas School of Public Health and has been kind enough to provide an overview for our newsletter on what the committee's recommendations are for schools to ensure students get 60 minutes of physical activity each day. You can find the full report here.


2013 SEA Summit: Secondary & Elementary Administrators (SEA) for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Lead Teachers

I recently attended the SEA Summit in South Padre Island, Texas. For almost 30 years administrators from around Texas have met to collaborate and network with other professionals while receiving the most up to date information in curriculum, technology and legislation. The key note speaker this year was Francesca Zavacky, M.Ed. Senior Program Manager, NASPE/CDC Cooperative Agreement Project.
SEA Summit 2013

Also attending was Dr. Dolly Lambdin, Clinical Professor at The University of Texas, Austin (second from the left front row). Dolly is the new President Elect of AAHPERD. Congratulations Dolly! 

Upcoming CATCH USA Webinar!

Sue Cornell, Director
Healthy U, New Jersey

The CATCH webinar for July will feature the
New Jersey Alliance of YMCA's success in implementing CATCH through the Healthy U program. Sponsored by the Horizon Foundation, Healthy U is being implemented in over 400 New Jersey after school programs, preschools, and elementary schools throughout the state.  

Healthy U Director, Sue Cornell and Bill Lovett, Executive Director of
the New Jersey Alliance of YMCA's Alliance will present their model for implementation and how the program has impacted YMCA programming, partnerships and most of all, the youth and families they serve.


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

As always, the CATCH Team is available for your calls, messages, comments and news!  

Peter Cribb, M.Ed.
National CATCH Director 


[email protected]


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Activity of the Month
Our July activity for the month is from our middle school activity box and is a team event called, "Rock-Paper-Scissors" CATCH Trainer and PE Specialist, Shana Green has a great time with her kids showing us how it's done!
It's really worth watching this great warm-up activity.
  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

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

Ericka Williams of the Oklahoma Dept. of Health discussed how the CATCH Kids-Club (CKC) program has progressed in Oklahoma utilizing successful partnerships and techniques to reinforce healthy behaviors.


Webinar Archives

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


Educating the Student Body


Harold (Bill) Kohl, III, PhD 
Professor, The University of Texas 
School of Public Health 

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a report entitled "Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School." The expert committee was tasked with three broad objectives:
1) assessing the status of physical activity and physical education in schools; 2) reviewing the science behind the effects of physical activity on health, development and academic performance in youth; and 3) making recommendations appropriate with the scientific evidence. 

The work of the committee was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

The first of six recommendations from the Committee, and possibly the most sweeping, is that a Whole of School approach to physical activity programming should be adopted.  With this approach, access to physical activity for all students is provided throughout the school day. This will help ensure that all students meet the youth recommendations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans of at least 60 minutes of vigorous or moderate-intensity physical activity a day.  Quality daily physical education is at the core of this approach, but the total of all opportunities is acknowledged. 

Such opportunities include active transport to and from school, intramural and extramural sports, recess, active classroom lessons, and before and after school activities.  These strategies, when taken together, can help children achieve the recommended daily physical activity which can lead to better health, development and academic performance. 

Historically, schools have played a central role in the health of our nation's children because healthy children are more able to learn than unhealthy children.  Nutrition (breakfast and lunch), immunization and health screening programs all have played a key role in the school setting because they help students be healthier.  The science base that supports physical activity for good health, development and helping students reach their full academic potential is now too strong to ignore.

Because active children have better cognitive function, better recall and are more likely to reach their full academic potential, efforts to promote physical activity should be given the same attention as other school health programs.  

Physical educators are central to the idea of a Whole of School approach.  Physical educators have unique knowledge, skills and abilities that other teachers do not have. 

Physical educators can and should play a leadership role for the Whole of School approach so that schools can be leveraged to be central to physical activity for youth.



Discover CATCH in Akron, Ohio


One of the great things about the CATCH Programs is how easily they complement health and wellness goals of schools, after-school organizations and local communities.

A great success story for CATCH has been the inclusion of CATCH Early Childhood into the Jewish Community Center Association (JCCA) "Discover CATCH " initiative...and they have been getting some great press! 

Here is a great story about "Discover CATCH" champions in Akron, Ohio. 


In other "Discover CATCH" news, The Florida Blue Foundation granted Discover CATCH almost $100,000 for a second round of training and implementation for JCCs in Florida, a tribute to the program's effectiveness. Said Steve Becker, JCCA Vice-President, Health and Wellness Services, "this grant will enable JCCs to reach out to under-served segments of the community, part of our goal all along". Congratulations Steve, Mark and Joy!

Kathy Chichester
CATCH Coordinator


Need Funding for CATCH?

By Peter Cribb, M.Ed.


A prevailing question we receive from teachers, PE specialists, district and school administrators, food service directors, nurses, counselors, after school programs and parents is:

"We love the CATCH Program and want to get it started in our school. Can you direct us to the funding we need for your program?"

Our funding (UTSPH) is limited to research, training, implementation, support and evaluating the effectiveness of the CATCH program in the schools and communities we serve. In many ways, we are no different than those seeking the funding required to implement programs such as CATCH.  

hulahoop So when we get one of these requests we try to point them in the right direction, tell them who is funding what in their community (if we know) and pass along any additional information we can. Unfortunately, programs such as CATCH are not free and while the costs may be minimal compared to the actual costs of raising a child, we know it is just not in everyone's budget.  

What you might not know is that from our studies, it can cost less than $9 a year per child to implement and maintain CATCH in a school. The amount is even less for the after-school program (CATCH Kids Club). At that price what community service organization in your community would not be willing to sponsor a school or after-school program?     


For those inquiries we get seeking funding, we have posted  a new CATCH USA grant page to help in their search for funds. In the coming months, we will also identify other funding organizations and try to match them up with the communities who want to make a difference in children's health. If you know of available funding in your community or have a fund raising idea please share it with us so we can let others know. Feel free to write me at: [email protected]  

(Peter is the National CATCH Director and has overseen the training and implementation of the CATCH Programs in thousands of schools and after-school organizations

obesityboys People want schools to prevent
childhood obesity

In a recent national poll, 90% percent of Americans said schools should take a role in combating obesity. More than 60% said the schools should take a leading role in fighting obesity, and 78% of parents in the nationwide poll think healthier school food will improve academic performance. Cited as the "most cost effective school program to reduce child obesity", CATCH can be your school and community program partner.

Click here to read the entire article.



-Kathy Chichester                        
Executive Editor-Peter Cribb                                
Contributing Writers              
Lisa Tims, Deanna Hoelscher, Steve Kelder, Jared Fogle     

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