Who We Are

We are the CATCH Group

Starting in the late 1980's, the original CATCH Trials included researchers from four different universities and was funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. At the conclusion of these successful studies, the research team from The University of Texas-School of Public Health was able to obtain additional funding from the Texas Department of Health to disseminate this new evidence-based program in elementary schools throughout the state.

The rest, as they say, is history.

The program has now grown to all 50 states, Canada and the Armed Forces stationed all over the world and has been adopted in many other countries that dot the globe. There are literally thousands of schools and after-school organizations who have adopted the programs and CATCH has touched millions of children's lives over the years.

The CATCH Group

The CATCH Group is proud to announce its newest partner, Jared Fogle of SUBWAY® restaurant fame. The Jared Foundation is proud to endorse CATCH as its official Child Wellness Program. Founded in 2004 by SUBWAY® spokesman, Jared Fogle, the Jared Foundation and CATCH will combine forces in the mission to eliminate childhood obesity.

CATCH researchers continue to study, evaluate, and create new CATCH programs today. New team members have been added over the years to meet grant and funding obligations, and this growth has included researchers, trainers, teachers, professors, instructional developers and designers, and an extensive data collection and evaluation group to ensure quality control in all new curriculum developments. The research team is a part of the University of Texas-School of Public Health and operates through the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living in Austin, Texas.

Flaghouse Inc. is one of the original CATCH Team partners, leading marketing and distribution of the CATCH programs, which they have proudly done now for over 15 years. Starting with the original K-5 curriculum and activity box, through their partnership with CATCH and The Univeristy of Texas, the programs have expanded and grown to include K-8, CATCH Kids Club for after-school organizations and now the new CATCH Early Childhood Program for pre-school age children.

Rounding out the CATCH Group is the Coordinated Health Institute (CHI). The role of CHI is to support the marketing efforts of CATCH and the CATCH Team. CHI is also the premiere online training organization for health programs geared towards childhood and coordinated health, including the CATCH Programs.



Welcome from the CATCH Group

As a Co-Principal Investigator for CATCH, I am extremely proud of the continued success we have seen in the program over the past two decades. Grounded in evidence-based practices and through years of ongoing research, CATCH has become the gold standard for coordinated school health programs in elementary and middle schools.

Our team of researchers at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, located at The University of Texas-School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus, is conducting cutting-edge research to better understand and influence behaviors and environmental conditions that affect child, family, and community health. Founded in 2006, the Center was recently awarded a $3.75 million dollar renewal grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, extending its funding through 2014. This grant expands the Center's capacity to build the science base and community capacity for effective prevention programs like CATCH, to achieve a vision of Healthy Children in a Healthy World .

Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD
Director, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

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25 years and counting

From research and development to distribution and promotion, the CATCH Group is committed to the original mission, preventing childhood obesity.

The CATCH Group invites you to join us in this fight and help make a difference in a child's health, life and future.