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Texas Schools Are Adopting CATCH—A School Nutrition and Physical Activity Program


Host Institution
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (previous center): University of Texas Prevention Research Center

Health Topics
Obesity & overweight | Physical activity | School health

Researchers designed and tested a school health program to help children improve their diet and increase the amount of physical activity they engage in. The program, CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health), is now reaching more than half a million children in over 1,200 schools in Texas. In 2001, the Texas state legislature passed a bill authorizing the state Board of Education to require all school systems in Texas to provide 30 minutes per day of school-based physical activity and to implement a coordinated school health curriculum. The Texas Education Agency approved CATCH for this purpose. Researchers recently updated CATCH materials and produced a new diabetes education workbook for elementary school children. Work with community partners continues to further the adoption of CATCH in Maine, Florida, and North Carolina.
Research Setting
School or school district
Race or Ethnicity
No specific focus
No specific focus
Age Group
Children (4-11 years)
Related Prevention Strategy
CATCH for Improved Physical Activity and Diet in Elementary School Children: Effective and Successfully Disseminated

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Principal Investigator
Steven Kelder

Project Identifier
Core Project (1998-2004)

Funding Source
PRC Program

Project Status
Not active