Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy is a C.A.T.C.H Campus!
What is CATCH?
- CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is a TEA approved Coordinated School Health Program designed to promote physical activity, healthy food choices, and prevent tobacco use in children. By teaching children that eating healthy and being physically active every day can be FUN, the CATCH Program has proved that establishing healthy habits in childhood can promote behavior change that carry into adulthood.
- CATCH is a resource or tool that builds an alliance of parents, teachers, child nutrition personnel, school staff, and community partners to teach children and their families how to be healthy for a lifetime. The four CATCH components - Go For Health Classroom Curriculum, CATCH Physical Education, Eat Smart School Nutrition Guide, and family Home Team activities - reinforce positive healthy behaviors throughout a child's day and make it clear that good health and learning go hand in hand.
What are the CATCH goals at Sadler Means YWLA?
- Increase moderate to vigorous physical activity.
- Increase fruit & vegetable consumption.
- Decrease electronics usage to no more than 2 hours per day.
- No sugar sweetened beverage consumption (i.e. sodas, energy drinks, vitamin water, sports drinks, etc.) on campus.
- No chips, cookies, cakes, candy consumption on campus.
What does CATCH look like on our campus?
We have a CATCH Champion.
The CATCH Champion is the Master Coordinator of CATCH on our campus. It is the role of the CATCH Champion to lead the CATCH Team in the coordination and implementation of the CATCH Program to ensure faculty and staff are creating a healthy/healthier school environment and promoting healthy habits.
We have a CATCH Team.
The CATCH Team is a core group of volunteer faculty and staff, representing all areas of the campus who determine the steps the campus will pursue each year to help their students, “Make the healthy choice the easy choice.” Our CATCH Team includes: Champion, Administrator(s), Cafeteria Manager, Physical Education Specialist(s),Classroom Teacher(s), and Parent Leader(s).
- We use the CATCH Coordination Toolkit as a campus to provide simple, doable tasks that drive school wide coordination.
- We have GO/SLOW/WHOA signage in the cafeteria and around our campus.
- Our classroom teachers have declared their classrooms Healthy Zones.
- Our faculty uses Activity Breaks (short bouts of physical activity during class time) to reactivate the brain through full body movement.
- During PE we implement CATCH games and the CATCH philosophy to ensure our students are engaged in Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) at least 50% of the PE class.
- Teachers incorporate the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade CATCH lessons into their subject lesson plans to promote healthy eating, adequate sleep, physical activity, and water consumption.
- We host a CATCH Night each academic year to encourage families to eat healthy and be active together.