May, 2014                                                               The CATCH Programs
Welcome from CATCH USA!
New CATCH Foundation 
Cartoon Network
Peter Cribb, MEd
National CATCH Director

We have two great announcements this month to help wrap up the school year. 


First, we are pleased to announce the creation of a new non-profit organization, the CATCH Global Foundation. This new foundation's mission will be to expand and implement CATCH throughout the country and beyond, assist communities in fundraising, update and develop new products, market and provide support such as training and provide continued support to CATCH communities to ensure sustainability. You can read more about this new foundation in this newsletter.  


We are also very excited about having a new partner in the Cartoon Network! 

CATCH Teams Up with the Cartoon Network!

CATCH USA is very proud to announce that the Cartoon Network is partnering with CATCH and will be featured in their recently launched MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR which runs through the summer. 

The Cartoon Network released this announcement.

Cartoon Network's MOVE IT MOVEMENT is proud to be partnering with CATCH®, the nationwide leader in school-based nutrition and fitness education. The program's Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) provides youth, parents and educators with hands-on activities and information to help establish life-long health and wellness. Other CATCH partners include the University of Texas School of Public Health, The Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, The Coordinated Health Institute and The Jared Foundation. CATCH is available in schools, pre-schools, after-school programs and military bases throughout the 50 states and continues to conduct research to better understand and influence behaviors that positively affect child, family and community health. 


CATCH looks forward to working with the Cartoon Network as partners in teaching children how to be healthy for a lifetime! See more about their MOVE IT MOVEMENT in this newsletter

We invite you to explore the world of CATCH and join us in creating healthy environments and teaching our children how to be healthy for a lifetime.

Please feel free to contact me and we invite you to share your stories about what's happening in your community!

Peter Cribb, MEd
National CATCH Director
The University of Texas-School of Public Health
The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living 


Around the country

CATCH to be Featured in the Cartoon Networks National MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR


The Cartoon Network announced launch plans for its fifth annual MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR which is a summertime traveling event targeting youth 6-14 and their parents. The Move It Movement Tour is presented in partnership with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and supports First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative.  

And CATCH will be featured!

The 19-market tour launched this month in Atlanta at the Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park and will travel across the country to prime family locations and will be co-sponsored by the Cartoon Network's local cable affiliates in each market. Traveling from coast to coast, the tour will ultimately make its way back to the gulf coast for its concluding presentation at LEGOLAND® Florida.

Stops will include
Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Houston, Austin and Winter Haven Florida.


Presented in a themed, exciting and fun outdoor environment, the MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR features multiple activity and learning stations for kids. Each of these stations incorporate such core partner organizations as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), NBA/WNBA FIT & NBA Hoop Troop, NFL PLAY 60 and The PGA of America. Parents also will find a variety of educational materials and tip sheets presented by CATCH and Upwave, organizations which serve to empower kids and adults alike with resources that enable them to take more control of their own healthy lifestyle choices.

"CATCH is thrilled to be part of this national event" says National CATCH Coordinator Kathy Chichester, "and we invite CATCH partners and families in each tour city to come out in support of child health".


Click here for more information including tour dates and locations.

CATCH Global Foundation
CATCH Goes Global

Preparing CATCH for Growth in the Next 25 Years


logotransparent Over the past 25 years, CATCH has served an estimated 10,000 school and youth communities and 5 million kids with health education and programs. CATCH has developed curriculum for ages 2-15 and built an evidence base of effectiveness in obesity prevention through 130 peer-reviewed scientific studies.  

Earlier this year, we created the CATCH Global Foundation to coordinate the work of the various coalition partners who have developed and delivered the program and to position CATCH for expansion and growth in the next stage of its life.

The benefits of having a foundation include:

  • easier fundraising to bring CATCH to schools and youth programs who can't afford it (the foundation expects to receive official IRS 501c3 status later this year)
  • expansion to parts of the country - and the world - not covered by current CATCH partners
  • a dedicated organization focused on improving, marketing and implementing CATCH
  • long-term sustainability of CATCH in a publicly-owned charity

The work of the foundation will focus on matching philanthropic funds from foundations and corporations with new and follow-up implementations of CATCH in schools and youth programs. We will also do marketing, training and evaluation. 


The CATCH Global Foundation has four founding board members.


Dr. Steve Kelder, PhD MPH, is an original co-creator of CATCH, Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Co-Director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, and world-renowned child health expert with specialties in tobacco control, physical activity promotion and nutrition education. As a board member of the CATCH Global Foundation, Steve will provide scientific oversight and be a liaison between the foundation and the University of Texas.

Duncan Van Dusen, MPH, will serve as the initial Executive Director of the CATCH Global Foundation. He
is a social entrepreneur with over 20 years of leadership experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Prior to working with CATCH, he co-founded Tango Health to help employers and individuals adapt to the new world of consumer-driven health care. He has authored scientific studies on child health and worked as an advocate for public health and child welfare.  


Peter Cribb, M.Ed, has been CATCH Program Director for 22 years and has organized and led thousands of CATCH implementations around the country. His experience ranges from designing and coordinating project plans and timelines, to organizing and leading training and follow-up monitoring sessions, to supporting CATCH Champions, to promoting CATCH to administrators, staff, teachers and communities. As a board member, he will also coordinate relationships with the many collaborative partners that make CATCH so successful.


Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, MD MPH, is Deputy Chief Scientific Officer of the American Heart Association. He was formerly Texas State Health Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. He has special expertise and concern working with populations at risk for chronic disease. As a board member, he will help expand CATCH's visibility within the public health community.


Questions about the new CATCH foundation can be directed to Duncan Van Dusen at


We welcome your input!


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CATCH in the News!
We have some great stories and news all over about our CATCH Communities

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Wellness CATCHing On 


Missoula, Montana 


Bureau & Putnam County
Bureau Valley Schools  

CATCH in South Carolina
Colleton County School District 

Melissa Buckner who is the Director of the Eat Smart Move More program in South Carolina wanted to share with us how they use CATCH in their community.  


Four of the eight schools in South Carolina's Colleton County School District use "Go, Slow, Whoa" clings (decals/stickers) in the cafeteria. The healthy habits they are taught elsewhere at school are reinforced in the lunchroom when students at Bells, Cottageville, Forest Hills and Northside elementary schools see the clings as they go through the lunch line. 


Students can clearly see the difference between whole fruit, a "Go" food and applesauce, a "Slow" food (see photo of student going through lunch line at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, SC). The clings along with CATCH PE equipment, curriculum guides and other CATCH material were purchased for all elementary schools in the school district by a grant from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation. Eat Smart Move More Colleton County has been provided technical assistance to schools as they implement CATCH.


Thanks Melissa!
CATCH Webinars
Miss this month's Webinar?

Active Play-Active Living
with Dr. Andrew Springer
and Pat Warner
This month's webinar covered three strategies for increasing physical activity and active learning (peer-led games process, classroom brain breaks, and playground markings) and shared best practices and key lessons learned to date for incorporating active learning into the school and out-of-school settings. Come co-learn with us as we join a growing movement of educators, artists and researchers aimed at harnessing the school and after-school settings to promote fun, interactive, and student-centered physical activity and active learning. 


WATCH May's Webinar

You Tube


One of our CATCH You Tube's more popular videos is the Over, Under, Around and Through warm up activity. Demonstrated by CATCH Trainer and PE Specialist Shana Green, this particular video has had over 32,000 views to date and is easy to organize for your class or after-school group. Check it out HERE!
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