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New Surgeon General's Report Warns of Hazards of Youth
E-Cig Use – CATCH My Breath Responds to Call-to-Action
A new U.S. Surgeon General’s report, E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults, released at the beginning of December, warns E-cigarettes are much more harmful than many realize and recommends adopting evidence-based health strategies to educate young people. It was the lack of existing youth E-cigarette prevention curriculum that led Dr. Steven Kelder, author of CATCH My Breath and senior scientific editor of the Surgeon General’s report, to write the program. You can read more about the report and how CATCH My Breath aligns with several of its key recommendations in this blog post. You can also see the latest CATCH My Breath press in our news section here.
If you missed our CATCH My Breath webinar in October, it's available to view online here!                   
CATCH My Breath Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Program Provided Free of Charge to Montana Middle Schools    
The Montana Office of Public Instruction and Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program will provide public middle schools free access to CATCH My Breath.
"We’re pleased to make the CATCH My Breath curriculum available to Montana middle schools. We think it will be a great resource for teachers and a program that our middle school students will benefit from.”
Denise Juneau, Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction
View the Montana Office of Public Instruction's press release here.
Montana middle schools can order CATCH My Breath using this order form.
Big Year for Grants!
2016 was an outstanding year for CATCH’s grant department, successfully securing eight in total. We want to give special thanks to all the 2016 grant funders, including: 
Each grant is an investment in CATCH programs, underserved communities, and our mission to improve children’s health worldwide –for this, we are tremendously grateful. 
Ray and the Sunbeatables: A Sun Safety Curriculum for Preschoolers, Kindergarteners and First-Grade Students is Coming to Miami-Dade County Public Schools!
We're thrilled to announce that Miami-Dade County Public Schools – the fourth largest school district in the country – is preparing to implement Ray and the Sunbeatables™: A Sun Safety Curriculum for Preschoolers and K-1!
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has developed the Sunbeatables™ Program to educate teachers, parents and children about sun protection and promote sun safety behaviors in an effort to reduce children’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.
CATCH will facilitate six Sunbeatables™ training sessions on January 23, 2017 at three sites around the city for staff representing over 200 Miami-Dade elementary schools and preschools with the goal of reaching approximately 60,000 children. Learn more here
CATCH Volunteers with Brighter Bites
CATCH employees worked with our amazing partner, Brighter Bites, at Austin’s Odom Elementary School to help pack 400 bags of fresh produce for 200 families. Each paper bag included 50+ servings of a variety of fruits of vegetables. We were so happy for the opportunity to support this great mission!
CATCH and Let's Move! Active Schools Team Up
to Offer New Grant Opportunity

Together with Let's Move! Active Schools, CATCH Global Foundation wants to help you, your students and school district achieve awesome physical activity and nutrition results! Grant packages will be awarded to up to two qualifying districts to support implementation of the CATCH Coordinated School Health model. We encourage interested school districts to learn more and email this application to:
Deadline for application is January 31, 2017. For more information, visit here.
Click the image above to see an interactive infographic of all the Let's Move! Active Schools partners.
2016 Texas CATCH Champions Honored /
Global CATCH Champion Awards Coming This Year!

This year's Texas CATCH champions were honored at the TAHPERD Convention in Galveston, TX this December. The purpose of the award is to support the mission and goals of the CATCH Program by recognizing and promoting exemplary contributions to child health in Texas. We want to give a big congratulations to all our 2016 awardees! You can see a full list of them here
We're also excited to announce that we will be introducing a Global CATCH Champion award this year! Stay tuned! 
"Flavors of Fall" #CATCHchallenge Winners / 
New "Winter Workouts" challenge!
It’s officially winter, which means our fall photo #CATCHchallenge has ended. We asked folks to submit photos of their favorite fall GO food via social media, and we’re pleased to award $50 Flaghouse gift certificates to UNL Nutrition Ed, Diane Gager, and Nicole Busboom for their entries!
Onward to our winter #CATCHchallenge! What are your favorite ways to get moving in these cold-weather months? Tell us in a post to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #CATCHchallenge (your page our ours), listing three activities you can do in the winter. We’ll be raffling off one $50 Flaghouse gift certificate among all of our entries. 
For full challenge details, click here.  
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Representatives from CATCH will be at the following upcoming conferences:
When CATCH Comes Marching In
We had a wonderful time visiting with our CATCH sites within the Jefferson Parish Public School System in Greater New Orleans this November! Take a look of our trip photo slideshow:
All this has been made possible by the generosity of the Humana Foundation
Digital CATCH Update
Digital CATCH keeps on growing! We are continuously adding free resources to the platform, including our Early Childhood Coordination Toolkit and CKC Best Practices Guide. Once you sign in or sign up, you can access a variety of free physical education and nutrition resources. Haven’t tried it yet? Sign up here
CATCH in the News
We’ve been getting some great publicity! Check out some of these recent features: 
Fall Convention 
Southern Obesity Summit
Sonia Noriega from the Ysleta Independent School District presented  “Creating a Culture of Health in Ysleta ISD,” describing her district’s success with CATCH after receiving a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. More info here. [PHOTO]
Richard Rairigh of Be Active Kids spoke about his experience using Ray and the Sunbeatables™: A Sun Safety Curriculum for Preschoolers. 

Miriam Martinez, a DrPH student at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, discussed building healthy habits with coordinated school health in Los Fresnos, TX, an underserved Texas border community. [PHOTO]
Teachers from Ysleta Independent School District  – Fernando Castro, Roberto Cuevara, and David Hernandez – presented "'Best of the West': Games, Activities and Dances that All Kids Will Love!" 

CATCH Champions Stefanie Ediger, Scott Power, Frank Tighe, and Fernando Castro presented "CATCH the Champions: Best of the Best Activities from CATCH Champions Past & Present" [VIDEO]
Social Media Shout-out!

We want to give a special thanks to all the communities who share their CATCH experiences with us via social media! Here are some recent shares: 
The CATCH Newsletter comes to you from Kathy Chichester, the National CATCH Coordinator, and Laura Aavang, Marketing Associate. Have a great story about how you've used CATCH, or how it's touched your community? Share with us!
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