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The #CATCHkickoff Fun Continues!
By Duncan Van Dusen, Founding Executive Director, CATCH Global Foundation
"I had the pleasure this week of celebrating a successful year 1 and kickoff of year 2 with one of our New Orleans area schools, Bridgedale Elementary. Media, administrators, teachers, and students all had fun – living CATCH's maxim that 'if it's fun, it gets done!'
This edition provides exciting updates on 3 multi-year CATCH programming initiatives that we began when we started the Foundation in 2014:
  • CATCH Promise: This is a pledge by CATCH Global Foundation to bring our evidence-based health programming to communities where it will have the greatest public health benefit. If a community can demonstrate their commitment to implement CATCH, we will ensure they have all the support necessary to succeed. In addition to Jefferson Parish in New Orleans, we have several active projects around the country - read more and apply here.

  • To make CATCH materials more accessible and user-friendly, we now offer our entire PreK-8th grade health education curriculum online in both English and Spanish! Email with questions or to order your subscription.

  • New health education modules: We have expanded our lineup to include the PreK-1st grade Ray & the Sunbeatables: A Sun Safety Curriculum (created by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center) and the 6th-12th grade CATCH My Breath youth e-cigarette prevention program. Thanks to generous support from our Founding Partners and a new grant we'll be announcing soon, both of these programs are entirely FREE online for all schools nationwide. Email to get signed up.
Thanks for all you do for kids health and keep enjoying your work!"
The number of programs available through the online platform continues to grow! We've added the CATCH Early Childhood and CATCH Kids Club (afterschool K-5) programs as well as Spanish language versions of our PreK-8th grade obesity-prevention programs with CATCH en Español.
With your entire campus can access the CATCH lessons they need—easily and conveniently—through any internet-connected device. That includes smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, you name it.

For more details, check out our latest announcement and give the site a spin, where you’ll find free resources and samples when you create your user profile.
CATCH Expanding in New Orleans Thanks to Continued Support from the Humana Foundation  
CATCH Global Foundation and Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) will expand implementation of the CATCH program to 16 additional elementary schools thanks to a $159,000 grant from the Humana Foundation.
Phase 2 of the “New Orleans CATCH Coordinated School Health Initiative” kicked off with a celebration of Phase 1 outcomes during a morning assembly at Bridgedale Elementary school. JPPSS Superintendent Isaac Joseph laid out a vision for Phase 2 of the project and accepted the check from Rhonda Bagby, Humana’s Employer Group vice president for Louisiana and southern Mississippi and co-chair of Humana’s Bold Goal initiative in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Learn more about the New Orleans CATCH project here

“Students that come to school well fed and healthy obviously do quite well academically, and that’s one of the goals of this program and everything we try to support here in Jefferson Parish… I want to thank Humana for this $159,000 grant that we get from the Foundation and we hope to expand it – as we have to 16 more schools – for a total of 24 schools in Jefferson Parish. It is our hope that we can expand it to every school, every parent, and to every student in this district. We are grateful to the Humana Foundation and CATCH for bringing this scientifically proven program to thousands of students in our district.”
 – Joseph Isaac, Superintendent, Jefferson Parish Public School System
Sign Up for CATCH Early Childhood Open Academy this October in Charlottesville, NC! 
For the first time outside of Texas, CATCH is hosting a CATCH Early Childhood Open Training Academy in Charlottesville, Virginia October 25-27th. This training is designed to allow organizations and programs with smaller staff sizes or modest budgets to receive in-person training on the CATCH Early Childhood program. It is targeted for those working with children ages 3-5 in a preschool, daycare, or early learning center environment. Early Childhood training participants will utilize CATCH physical activity and nutrition curriculum. Participants may opt to attend only the first day ($250) or all three days ($600). Space is limited – register at
New CATCH My Breath Offerings!
The popular CATCH My Breath Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Program just got even better! In response to user feedback, we are happy to announce that the following programs and supplements are now available on 
You can preview both the middle school and high school programs for free on Interested in signing up? Fill out our new enrollment form
Sunbeatables Toolkit Giveaway
A big shout-out to everyone who has signed-up and started using Ray and the Sunbeatables online at! As a thank-you, we are giving away Sunbeatables gear to some of our most active users. Giveaways include a choice of either a printed Sunbeatables kit (posters, puppet cut-outs, character stamps, and a sun safety songs CD) or a classroom set of Sunbeatables sunglasses.  
 How can you become eligible to receive free Sunbeatables gear? 
  1. Create your free account at
  2. Access classroom lessons and sun safety resources through the website.
  3. Take a picture or video of kids engaging in the lessons and practicing sun safety or post student work from any of the lessons and share it on social media. Use the hashtag #Sunbeatables and tag @CATCHhealth in your post.
Our most active champions will earn free Sunbeatables gear! 
Enter the Fall CATCH Challenge! 
It's the season of crisp air, colorful leaves, and delicious fall produce! Let us know what your favorite fall GO foods are by snapping a photo and sharing it online using the hashtag #CATCHchallenge. Full details below and on the CATCH Challenge web page
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CATCH will be at these upcoming events!  
Southern Obesity Summit, Oct. 1-3, Atlanta, GA
International Camping Congress, Oct. 9-13, Sochi, Russia
American School Health Association, Oct. 12-14, St. Louis, MO
Oklahoma AHPERD Convention, Oct. 16-17, Edmond, OK
Texas AEYC Annual Conference, Oct. 19-21, San Antonio, TX
APHA Annual Meeting and Expo, Nov. 4-8, Atlanta, GA
Upcoming Communications Webinar - 10/12, 11AM
The recently released Second Edition of the CATCH Coordination Kit includes an all new Communications section, and we’re making it available for free through! Learn all about the new communications tools and resources during our upcoming CATCH webinar, October 12th at 11:00 AM (CT). Attendees will learn how to utilize a range of communications tactics to engage their campus and surrounding community in school health efforts. Register for this free webinar at:
CDC Skin Cancer Report Spotlights MD Anderson's Ray and the Sunbeatables™: A Sun Safety Curriculum
We are proud to see Ray and the Sunbeatables highlighted by the CDC this summer as one of their success stories in the 2017 Skin Cancer Prevention Progress Report.
The program, which is available online at no cost, was lauded for its wide adoption across the country in the two years since it was launched. The pre-K through 1st grade program is in over 1,000 communities in 23 states and one Canadian province, and reaches over 100,000 kids annually.
See the mention here (page 8) and check out the free sun safety program at
CATCH in the News
Check out some of these recent features: 
Social Media
We love hearing from our CATCH communities! See how others are talking about CATCH on social media:
The CATCH Newsletter comes to you from Kathy Chichester, the National CATCH Coordinator, and Laura Aavang, Communications Specialist. Have a great story about how you've used CATCH, or how it's touched your community? Share it with us!
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