Childhood Obesity

“Carrot Palooza” Scheduled for Little Dudes Learning Center #3

“Carrot Palooza” Scheduled for Little Dudes Learning Center #3

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Emilie Fennell
Director, Communications and External Relations

Rachel Jordan-Shuss
Communications Specialist
TMF Health Quality Institute

Austin, TX – March 17, 2015– Pre-school children at Little Dudes Learning Center #3 are getting prepared and excited about their first harvest and taste of organic, rainbow-colored carrots (Circus-Circus Variety) grown from seeds planted by the children last October.

The harvest, called "Carrot Palooza," will also feature carrot craft activities lead by TMF Foundation volunteers and a couple of persons dressed in carrot costumes.

The vegetable garden is part of the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Amplified project sponsored by the TMF Foundation at the Little Dudes Learning Centers. It is an effort to address the childhood obesity epidemic by encouraging healthy eating, nurturing a love of physical activity and providing children ages 3-5 with an introduction to classroom-based gardening.

For 25 years, CATCH has guided children on how to be healthy for a lifetime. TMF's partnership with CATCH, called CATCH Amplified, delivers the entire high-quality CATCH curriculum, materials and training, plus amplifying staff wellness and providing play coaching and play equipment.

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.

For more information about the TMF Foundation and our programs, please contact TMF Foundation Executive Director Traci Whitney at or at 512-334-1613. Additional facilities are welcome to apply for the CATCH Amplified program for the 2015 - 2016 school year by contacting Ms. Whitney.