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TMF Foundation Supports CATCH Amplified Program

TMF Staff Members Join Foundation Efforts by Lending a Hand

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CONTACT:
Emilie Fennell
Director, Communications and External Relations
512-334-1649
Emilie.Fennell@tmf.org
1-800-725-9216

Rachel Jordan-Shuss
Communications Specialist
TMF Health Quality Institute
512-334-1671
Rachel.Jordan-Shuss@hcqis.org

Austin, TX – Oct. 21, 2014 – The TMF Foundation, established in support of TMF Health Quality Institute’s vision of improving lives by improving the quality of health care, recently announced support for the CATCH Amplified Program in Austin. The TMF Foundation provides resources and educational support to organizations and entities focused on advancing the delivery of health care and the overall health of patients in Texas.

For 25 years, Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) has guided children on how to be healthy for a lifetime. CATCH Early Childhood (CEC), which is focused on preschool-age children, is designed to nurture a love of physical activity, provide an introduction to classroom-based gardening and nutrition and encourage healthy eating in children ages 3-5. TMF has partnered with CATCH to launch a new initiative to target preschool-age children, CATCH Amplified, which delivers the entire high-quality CATCH curriculum, materials and training, while amplifying staff wellness and providing play coaching and play equipment.

 “As highlighted by the January 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, overweight five-year-old children are 4 times as likely as normal-weight children to become obese,” stated Traci Whitney, executive director of the Foundation. “This statistic spurred us to begin efforts to help prevent childhood obesity at a younger age. CATCH Amplified is a direct complement to the TMF Foundation’s childhood obesity prevention efforts that are the focus of the Foundation this school year.”

The TMF Foundation is implementing the CATCH Amplified program at three Little Dudes Learning Centers in Austin. CATCH Amplified will utilize the highly respected and established curriculum of the CATCH program, adding staff wellness, play coaching, playground equipment and the installation of a food-producing garden at participating sites. This year, the TMF Foundation’s goal is to drive significant, long-term changes in the lives of our 75 local participants.

On Oct. 10, TMF Health Quality Institute staff members joined in support for the CATCH Amplified program firsthand by assisting with improvements to a Little Dude’s Learning Center playground.

“It was such a rewarding experience to help show these children how to build and sustain a food-producing garden,” said Eddie Vasqez, TMF staff volunteer. “It was a beautiful day and the kids were really excited about the work we were doing.”

Additional facilities are welcome to apply for the CATCH Amplified program. Applications will be taken for the 2015-16 school year beginning Jan. 1.

For more information about the TMF Foundation and our programs, please contact TMF Foundation Executive Director Traci Whitney at traci.whitney@tmffoundation.org or at 512-334-1613.

About the TMF Foundation
The TMF Foundation is a 501(c)3 established in support of TMF Health Quality Institute’s vision of improving lives by improving the quality of health care. The Foundation provides resources and educational support to organizations and entities focused on advancing the delivery of health care and the overall health of patients in Texas.

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