Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH®)


Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH®)

CATCH® is one of the coordinated school health programs selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of their “Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child” (WSCC) model. The model recognizes the importance of different factors working together to improve the health of a child. In partnership with the CATCH® Global Foundation, the CDC, and researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center, CATCH® has brought over 25 years of research and real world implementation to elementary, middle, and afterschool programs throughout the country. CATCH® employs a holistic approach to child health promotion by targeting multiple aspects of the school environment: the classroom, nutrition services, physical education, parents and the broader school community. This approach repeatedly reinforces CATCH® lessons and life skills and is a big part of what makes the program effective. CATCH® messaging focuses on three areas: reduce screen time, increase physical activity, and identification of healthier foods. CATCH® is brought to elementary and middle school classrooms throughout the year.

For more information, please call 815.748.8962 or visit*.

Legal Information

By clicking on these websites, you are leaving the Northwestern Medicine website. These websites are independent resources. Northwestern Medicine does not operate or control the content of these websites. By visiting these websites, you agree to this third party’s terms of use for their website.