The CATCH Program

Over the years, CATCH has developed into many different programs for schools, after-school organizations and early childhood settings. We can help you find the right program for your community

We can help prevent obesity with programs like CATCH. Through physical activity, proper nutrition and teaching our children how to be healthy, we can reverse these trends, but only through a long-term and coordinated approach that involves changing the environment in which our kids live. Schools and after-school settings play a critical role in creating these environments to help students adopt a healthy lifestyle. Not only are schools and after-school programs ideal for teaching children how to make healthy choices, they are in many ways the front line in the fight against childhood obesity.

For over 25 years, the CATCH Programs have been providing schools and communities an evidence-based solution for the prevention of childhood obesity.

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What is GO, SLOW and WHOA?

Go-Slow-Whoa is used throughout the CATCH Programs and has been widely adopted

GO, SLOW, and WHOA is a simple method developed by the CATCH research team and tested as a tool to help children and their families choose healthier food options everyday. The goal is to eat more GO foods than SLOW foods and more SLOW foods than WHOA foods.

GO describes foods that are whole grain, unprocessed fruits and vegetables, lowest in fat, contain no added sugar, and can be eaten daily. SLOW describes foods that are slightly processed and may have some added salt, fat or sugar. WHOA describes foods that have the highest fat and sugar.

The GO, SLOW, WHOA method has been adopted by many organizations outside of CATCH and is widely used throughout the country.

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Coordination Kits

The CATCH Programs for K-5 and Middle School now come with a coordination guide that helps you implement the program into your school

The CATCH Coordination Kit provides all the instructions and resources needed to put the CATCH program into action at your elementary or middle school.

The kit includes a Coordination Guide that is organized around six, six-week periods. Each area is guided by its respective component folder and a checklist. The six-component folders are designed to be implemented simultaneously across the campus by all school personnel during each six-week period.

The Coordination Kits are available for K-5 and Middle School.

The CATCH Programs Provide:

  • Training
  • Equipment
  • Support
  • Consultation
  • Online Curriculum
  • Evidence-based programs