C.A.T.C.H. - The Coordinated Approach to Child Health
- What is C.A.T.C.H.?
- Child nutrition participation
- Campus participation
Grape Creek Independent School district has joined with other districts around the state to present the CATCH curriculum to our students. CATCH has been approved by the Texas State Board of Education.
What is CATCH? (Once named, the child and adolescent trial for cardiovascular health is now The Coordinated Approach to Child Health). Catch is a coordinated curriculum for school districts to implement physical education, nutrition, classroom instruction and parent involvement to help the youth of our community to make informed health decisions.
Campus involvement: Elementary Campus Principal and Teachers are implementing catch curriculum as small segments during the day to push forward to the larger goal of student health.
Child Nutrition Department contribution:
What’s for lunch?
- Compliance with the School Meals Initiative (SMI is a government audit of nutrient value)
- Fats less than 30%
- Calories by age group.
- Offer vs. Serve on our lines assure students of a choice of items to put on their tray.
- High calorie desserts have been reduced in frequency being replaced by fruits and low fat desserts.
- 1% white and 1% chocolate milk are offered with every meal.
A variety of fresh vegetables and fruit have been added to menus.
Campus involvement: Intermediate Campus Principal and Teachers are implementing CATCH curriculum as small segments during the day to push forward to the larger goal of student health.
Student Councils from each campus help design menus that are popularly accepted, while the Child Nutrition Department assures them to be healthy as well.
Grape Creek has active SHAC (student health advisory committee) and CATCH (coordinated approach to child health) committee. Meetings are open to the public.
GOALS: The most effective way to prevent heart disease is to reach children before unhealthy habits are formed and redirecting them to healthy habits of eating right and exercise