Despite intensive national efforts to address childhood obesity, the epidemic persists. Recognizing the challenges, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) have called for a systems-oriented approach to address childhood obesity.
Primary Prevention – Programs designed to prevent obesity
The community-wide intervention implements obesity prevention programs at schools and at local doctors’ clinics.
- Selected Head Start and AISD & HISD elementary schools will implement CATCH (Coordinated Approach To School Health), a program that promotes children’s physical activity and healthy food choices.
- In selected clinics pediatricians are trained in the Next Steps program, in which physicians counsel patients and families on healthy behaviors.
Secondary Prevention – Programs designed to prevent disease in high-risk children
Overweight and obese children are screened by a pediatrician and their families are invited to participate in a 12-month family-based weight management program. Community health workers connect local doctors’ offices to MEND program managers.
- Weekly MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, and Do it!) classes delivered at local YMCAs. MEND is a 3-month program designed for the entire family that helps overweight children improve their health, fitness and self-esteem.
- Cellular phone-based social marketing campaign designed to support and reinforce program components among parents and schools, provided in partnership with IT’S TIME TEXAS/ACTIVE Life.
- The Healthy Kitchen/La Concina Alegre cooking classes developed by the Sustainable Food Center.
- The Be Well book club.
- Participation in sports teams at local YMCAs.
Collaborators working on this CDC demonstration project include: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, Baylor College of Medicine’s Children’s Nutrition Research Center, MEND, Texas Children’s Hospital, the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity at Dell Children’s Medical Center, Texas Department of State Health Services, the YMCA, IT’S TIME TEXAS/ACTIVE Life, the Sustainable Foods Center and CATCH.
Next Steps Poster of Themes (English/Spanish). Next Steps Poster of Themes (Ingles/Español) Part of Next Steps materials.
Next Steps Home Activity Book (Spanish)
Next Steps Home Activity Book (Español)
Next Steps Home Activity Book. Part of Next Steps materials.
Next Steps Flip Chart (Spanish)
Next Steps Flip Chart (Español)
6/12/13 - In this video we demonstrate the proper protocol for conducting height and weight measurements.
5/1/12 - This excerpt from the 2012 Institute of Medicine report on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention discusses the evidence base for the CATCH program.
4/2/10 - Do you know your GO, SLOW, WHOA foods? This presentation can be used to help teachers, parents, and students learn about the CATCH program's GO, SLOW, WHOA stoplight system for categorizing foods.
4/2/10 - Conoces tus alimentos GO - SLOW - WHOA?
4/1/10 - This handout contains simple steps that will add up to a big difference in your family’s health. Be a CATCH MVP and select one or two new habits that are best suited for you and your family!
4/1/10 - Learn about the key components of the CATCH elementary school program with this handout.
4/1/10 - Aprenda sobre los componentes clave del programa de la escuela primaria CATCH con este folleto.
4/1/10 - This flyer for parents includes healthy tips from the CATCH program.
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