Health Services: Eat Smart - CATCH
Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH)
CATCH is a school-based program to increase healthy eating and physical activity in elementary students. All District One elementary and middle schools have adopted the program.
Through CATCH children and their families learn how to be healthy for a lifetime. This program builds an alliance among parents, teachers, child nutrition personnel, school staff, and other community partners.
Here's what students from Franklin Elementary had had to say about the program:
The components of CATCH
- CATCH PE - Physical Activity
- Go for Health - Classroom Curriculum
- Eat Smart - School Nutrition
- Home Team - Family Activities
- Middle school program
- CATCH Kids Club - after-school and summer programs
Missoula students in the CATCH program showed a 240% improvement in knowledge based upon the pre-and post-tests.
“I had a fortune cookie once and it said ‘Try it you might like it’ and that’s the way it was with this.” – Brandon, 3rd grade, Lewis and Clark, after trying the berry medley salad.
Lisa Tims has visited our elementary schools and talked to the children about some of the new foods on school menus. Here's how students felt:
|Food Tested||# of Students Surveyed||"I liked it"||"It was okay"||"I didn't like it"|
|Fresh Garden Salad||173||68%||19%||13%|
|Tangy Cherry Salad||45||66%||18%||18%|
|Berry Medley Salad||87||80%||12%||8%|
|Egg and Cheese Omelet||220||89%||8%||3%|
What we know about kids and food:
- Children have to try the same food 10 - 15 times before they will develop a like or dislike for it.
- Positive peer pressure works. Children are more willing to try something another child likes.
- Kids will ask their parents to buy healthy foods that they have tried at school.
- For a home-packed lunch:
CATCH Program Coordinator:
- Lisa Tims - 406-329-5759, CATCH Coordinator, Missoula City-County Health Dept.
- How to apply for the Free or Reduced School Lunch program.
- Eat Smart - for school aged children.
- Missoula schools wellness policy and food guidelines
- Let's Move! Missoula- Missoula
- Promoting Children's Health in the Community - from the Center for Health Promotion
- Canada's Physical Activity Guide for Children
- Eat Smart / Move More Program - A Health Department program started in 2002 to improve health by promoting physical activity and healthier food choices for all Missoula County residents.
- Community Walkability Checklist
- National CATCH Home Page
- Healthy eating at home - Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- Missoula Eat Smart