Coordinated Approach to Child Health (C.A.T.C.H.) is a national leader in childhood obesity prevention. Their scientifically proven community health programs enable children to identify healthy foods and increase the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity they engage in each day.
TMF has initiated C.A.T.C.H. Amplified for Title One students at highest risks, which delivers all of the high quality C.A.T.C.H. curriculum, materials and training, while “Amplifying” it with the following benefits:
- CATCH CURRICULUM: No-cost, grade-level CATCH K-5 curriculum textbooks are provided to each participating classroom.
- STAFF WELLNESS: Staff wellness includes Fitbit Flex wristbands, with TMF paying 75 percent of the cost, for new participants with facilitated social networking and weekly healthy snack provision. Additional staff-wellness activities are delivered for 25 weeks by TMF’s wellness coordinator.
- INSTALLATION OR EXPANSION OF EXISTING FOOD-PRODUCING GARDENS AT SCHOOLS
- GARDEN and NUTRITION LESSONS: Food-producing gardens at schools are maintained weekly, with oversight of our master gardener. This includes delivery of new plants and seeds for each growing season for the use of all classrooms across the campus. CATCH Amplified classrooms are invited to attend weekly planned lessons in the garden with our school garden expert for 25 weeks.
- WEEKLY HEALTHY SNACKS: Each week, healthy snacks are delivered to classrooms with participation incentives. Students enjoy sampling new fruits and vegetables in a supportive and fun environment.
- PROGRAM SUSTAINABILITY: In an effort to improve upon and sustain the program for years to come, we create and facilitate a voluntary CATCH Amplified Advisory Committee, comprised of teachers, parent volunteers, students and community members. The committee meets periodically to provide feedback on the program.
- ZERO COST TO TITLE ONE SCHOOLS
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