CATCH

Overview

CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is a school-based health program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices and prevent tobacco use.  CATCH transforms a child’s environment, culture, and society by coordinating child health efforts across all aspects of the educational experience: classroom, food services, physical education, and family.  Proven to reverse childhood obesity in El Paso and Austin schools, and adopted by more than 8,500 schools in the United States and abroad, it is the most widespread and researched coordinated school health program in the world.

Read more about specific CATCH programs under the “Projects” tab.

Key Publications

Reductions in Child Obesity Among Disadvantaged School Children With Community Involvement: The Travis County CATCH Trial (Hoelscher et al., Obesity, 2010)

Changes in the Regional Prevalence of Child Obesity in 4th, 8th, and 11th Grade Students in Texas From 2000–2002 to 2004–2005 (Hoelscher et al., Obesity, 2010)

School-based cardiovascular health promotion: The Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH). (Perry et al., J Sch Health., 1990)

Latest News / Social

CATCH and Kelder win award at Weight of the Nation Conference:


Projects

CATCH is supported by over 25 years of rigorous research and development, much of which has been and continues to be conducted by faculty with the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living.  While CATCH originated as an elementary school-based program (CATCH Elementary), recent research projects at the Center have expanded and adapted the program for preschool (CATCH Early Childhood) through eighth grade (CATCH Middle School) as well as after-school (CATCH Kids Club).

Below is a list of current and past funded research projects conducted by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living:

Currently funded CATCH research projects (click projects for details)

Central Texas CATCH Middle School ProjectThe Central Texas CATCH Middle School Project aims to promote energy balance-related behaviors in middle school students via organizational enhancements to the middle school environment.  The project builds off the CATCH elementary school program framework and includes the following core components: CATCH PE, CATCH classroom curriculum, CATCH Cafeteria/Food Services, and CATCH Family.

Statewide Dissemination of CATCH Middle School - This project will disseminate the recently updated CATCH Middle School program to 300 public middle schools throughout Texas with student populations exhibiting a higher-than-average risk of being overweight or obese.  This dissemination will take place between November 1, 2011, and September 30, 2012; evaluation and reporting will be finalized by October 31, 2012.

Dissemination of CATCH Middle School in Dallas Independent School District - For this project we will recruit, train, and fully implement the recently updated CATCH Middle School program in 35 public middle schools in the Dallas Independent School District.

CATCH in Underserved Populations (CATCH UP): Head Start on Healthy Living, Healthy Homes 3 Year SurveyThe purpose of this study is to test the efficacy of the CATCH Early Childhood program in reducing and prevalence of obesity and promoting healthy eating and physical activity among 3 to 5 year old children enrolled in Harris County Department of Education Head Start.

Past funded CATCH research projects

Dell CATCH Elementary SchoolThe Travis County Dell CATCH Project was a four year school- and community-based project aimed at preventing childhood obesity and promoting physical activity (PA) and healthy eating in elementary school-aged children from primarily economically disadvantaged backgrounds. 

CATCH in Underserved Populations (pilot study)The purpose of this project was to develop the CATCH Early Childhood program and pilot test it for feasibility and acceptability among 3 to 5 year old children enrolled in Harris County Department of Education Head Start centers.

Harris County Steps CATCH ProjectThe Steps to a Healthier Houston-Harris County Consortium was funded in 2005 to implement the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) in all Harris County public elementary schools.

CATCH Evaluation Model (CATCH ‘EM)The objective of this project was to develop a user-friendly module of evaluation instruments, protocols, and procedures that could be implemented by individual schools to determine the impact effects and process evaluation of the CATCH Program.

CATCH Nutrition PlusThe primary goal of this study was to revise the original CATCH curriculum which is focused on prevention of cardiovascular risk factors to an obesity prevention program.

CATCH En Vivo: Live Life, Don’t Watch ItThe primary aim of this project was to develop an add-on component to CATCH to educate families and children to reduce screen time, and consumption of heavily advertised junk food while promoting alternate activities and enhancing factors for healthy weight maintenance in the Texas counties of McAllen and Harlingen.

Publications

Selected publications:

Environmental characteristics and student physical activity in PE class: Findings from two large urban areas of Texas (Skala et al., J Phys Act Health, 2012).

From NIH to Texas schools: policy impact of the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program in Texas (Hoelscher et al., J Phys Act Health, 2011).

Reductions in Child Obesity Among Disadvantaged School Children With Community Involvement: The Travis County CATCH Trial (Hoelscher et al., Obesity, 2010).

Changes in the Regional Prevalence of Child Obesity in 4th, 8th, and 11th Grade Students in Texas From 2000–2002 to 2004–2005 (Hoelscher et al., Obesity, 2010).

Evidence-based approaches to dissemination and diffusion of physical activity interventions. (Owens et al., Am J Prev Med, 2006).

Prevention of the Epidemic Increase in Child Risk of Overweigh tin Low-Income Schools: The El Paso Coordinated Approach to Child Health. (Coleman et al., Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2005).

Three-year maintenance of improved diet and physical activity: the CATCH cohort. (Nader et al., Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 1999).

Outcomes of a field trial to improve children’s dietary patterns and physical activity: The Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH). (Luepker et al., J Am Med Assoc., 1996)

School-based cardiovascular health promotion: The Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH). (Perry et al., J Sch Health., 1990)

 

The CATCH program has been extensively evaluated in over 95 scientific peer-reviewed publications.  Click here for a more comprehensive list (PDF file).

Resources

CATCH LHI image | CATCHLeading Healthy Indicators for CATCH
CATCH provides a comprehensive and coordinated framework to address many of the key Leading Health Indicators from Healthy People 2020.


2012APOP | CATCHCATCH Overview in 2012 IOM Report on Obesity
Excerpt on evidence-base for CATCH from the Institute of Medicine’s 2012 report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention.


CATCH brochure screenchot | CATCHCATCH Overview
A brochure with a brief overview of the CATCH program.


Webinar Archives Color | CATCH CATCH Texas Middle School Archives
Visit the CATCH Texas Middle School website for a full list of our CATCH webinars.


PHGR logo | CATCHCDC Public Health Grand Rounds: CATCH
This broadcast highlights  the Coordinated School Health Program Model (CSHP) to aid schools and communities in preventing and reducing chronic diseases.


2012 Obesity Stats Icon | CATCHObesity Statistics
Fact sheet with the latest statistics on obesity in the United States and in Texas.

People

CATCH Faculty

Deanna Hoelscher | CATCHDeanna Hoelscher, Phd, RD, LD, CNS
Principal Investigator, CATCH
(view full profile on faculty page)


Steven Kelder | CATCHSteven Kelder, PhD, MPH
Principal Investigator, CATCH
(view full profile on faculty page)


Guy Parcel | CATCHGuy Parcel, PhD
Principal Investigator, CATCH (past)
(view full profile on faculty page)


cheryl Perry | CATCHCheryl Perry, PhD
Principal Investigator, CATCH (past)
(view full profile on faculty page)


Andrew Springer | CATCHAndrew Springer, DrPH
Co-Principal Investigator, CATCH Texas Middle School
(view full profile on faculty page)


Shreela Sharma | CATCHShreela Sharma, PhD
Principal Investigator, CATCH Pre-K
(view full profile on faculty page)

CATCH Staff

Megan Conklin | CATCHMegan Conklin, MPH
Associate Project Director, CATCH Middle School


Peter Cribb | CATCHPeter Cribb, MEd
Program Director, CATCH


Pam Greer | CATCHPam Greer, BS
Office Manager, Accounts Receivable/Payable, Program Information


Kacey Hanson | CATCHKacey Hanson, MPH
Research Associate, CATCH Middle School


Joanne Delk | CATCHJoanne Delk, MS
Measurement Coordinator


Joey Walker | CATCHJoey L. Walker, MPH
Travis County CATCH Project Director (past)


Jerri Ward | CATCHJerri Ward, MA, RD, LD
Eat Smart Coordinator, Child Nutrition Services, CATCH Trainer


News / Social

CATCH Success in El Paso, TX

CATCH Success in El Paso TX
September, 2008

Jared Foundation partners with CATCH

Jared Foundation partners with CATCH
August 14, 2012


The Jared Foundation is proud to partner with CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health). Together, the Jared Foundation & CATCH will combine resources to make a difference in the lives of children.

Peter Cribb receives Crusader Award for his work with CATCH

TXChildrensHealth1 300x214 | CATCHPeter Cribb receives Crusader Award for his work with CATCH
July 23, 2012

We want to congratulate National CATCH Director, Peter Cribb on recently receiving the Crusader Award. Given annually to those individuals and groups committed to improving children’s health in Texas, the Crusader Award could not have gone to a more deserving person than Peter Cribb (pictured with Texas Comptroller Susan Combs presenting the award). “We all have had a role in moving CATCH forward, but none more than Peter” wrote Principal CATCH Investigator Steve Kelder, PhD… READ MORE

CATCH and Kelder win Award at Weight of the Nation conference

IMG 0160 | CATCHCATCH and Kelder win award at Weight of the Nation Conference:
May 9, 2012

Last night at the Weight of the Nation conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Steve Kelder, PhD and the CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) program were presented with the Pioneering Innovation Award.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized CATCH for advancing policies and environmental strategies to prevent and control obesity…  READ MORE


Congressman Pete Olson supports UTSPH & CATCH

US Representative Pete Olson supports UT School of Public Health & CATCH Initiative
February 15, 2012

Going the Extra Mile with CATCH

Going the “Extra Mile” with CATCH
Jan 17, 2012

Mapping Child Health in Texas

Child Fitness Maps e1336777169703 | CATCHMapping Child Health in Texas
April 15, 2011

Today, the Austin-American Statesman ran a story on Fitnessgram and Texas children using data from Texas Education Agency (TEA) that was analyzed by researchers at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living. Texas is required to collect Fitnessgram data every year, and we thought it would be important to share the data with Texas citizens… More

CATCH makes a great choice for a Coordinated School Health Program

CATCH makes a great choice for a Coordinated School Health Program
July 27, 2010

Hey parents! The summer is wrapping up and it’s almost time to start thinking about sending the kids back to school. With your kids out of school, you’ve spent the summer making sure they ate well and got plenty of exercise. However, it may be harder to keep your eye on their eating choices and physical activity levels once the school year starts… More