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CATCH programs; Multiethnic children smiling in a circle

CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is the most proven program to prevent childhood obesity and launch kids and communities toward healthier lifestyles. CATCH programs encourage youth to eat healthier meals and snacks as a result of hands-on cooking experiences. Youth learn how to prepare simple, healthy foods they can make for themselves and other family members at home. In addition, they learn good food safety practices.

CATCH is a school and after-school program. It includes three lesson levels: (1) Jump Into Health, (2) Taking Off, and (3) CATCH Kids Club.

Jump Into Health

The primary emphasis on CATCH Jump into Health (Kindergarten) is to encourage healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors.

  • Lesson 1: Being Healthy is Fun
  • Lesson 2: GO Foods
  • Lesson 3: Jumping Jacki and Gus Goodfood Love Vegetables
  • Lesson 4: Moving to a Beat
  • Lesson 5: Colorful Fruits
  • Lesson 6: Tricky Drinks

Taking Off

The primary emphasis of CATCH Taking Off (4th grade) is to increase the consumption of GO foods (the most healthful foods to eat) and to participate in GO activities (moderate-to-vigorous physical activities).

  • Lesson 1: Ready-Set-Go for Health
  • Lesson 2: GO-SLOW-WHOA Foods
  • Lesson 3: Physical Activity Means GO
  • Lesson 4: Fat Facts and Take Out the Sugar
  • Lesson 5: The Whole Truth about Foods
  • Lesson 6: Good Choices

CATCH Kids Club

CATCH Kids Club (5th through 8th Grade) focuses on changes in behavioral factors that support healthful eating and physical activity patterns. It teaches participants skills to identify moderate-to-vigorous and weight-bearing types of physical activity, and to select and prepare food themselves.

  • Theme 1: Basic Concepts
  • Themes 2 and 5: Snacks and Screen-Time
  • Theme 3: Beverages
  • Theme 4: Fast Foods
  • Theme 6: Breakfast
  • Theme 7: Bone Health

Contact your local Extension office for more information. Follow Alabama EFNEP on Facebook and Twitter. Text EFNEP to 555888 to receive nutrition tips. 

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