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What Do I Need to Know?

What is CATCH?

CATCH is an acronym that stands for Coordinated Approach to Child Health. More than 15,000 schools and child care sites use CATCH’s evidence-based Whole Child wellness programs, reaching over 3 million PreK-12 students annually. For over 30 years, the CATCH platform has been proven to launch kids and communities towards healthier lifestyles. CATCH Global Foundation is committed to making the many evidence-based CATCH programs available to kids everywhere.

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I love this program and can’t say enough great things about it. The support is phenomenal, the resources are easy to implement, and the content supports lifetime health.

Kevin M, CATCH Champion, Michigan
I felt that the support from CATCH with the check-ins and training was fantastic. In this odd school year CATCH really helped us have something positive to move towards. Staff and students were very receptive to the content [of the Coordination Kit] too.

Rachel O, CATCH Champion, Michigan
I was impressed with the level of commitment and involvement from students and teachers.

Nicole S, CATCH Champion, Chicago
Our school used the CATCH program to boost mental and physical wellness. It was a huge success with students ready to learn every day with an understanding of the “fuel” needed to engage mentally in the classroom. Staff and students alike all have joined forces to make our school a healthier environment.

Mike V, Principal, Michigan
All staff made healthier snack options and participated in being a CATCH MVP. They displayed their “Why I Am a MVP” at the end of each of their hallways for students to see.

Barb T, CATCH Champion, Michigan
This is what I envisioned and wanted for my school as a PE teacher. I was just not sure how I alone was going to make this happen, CATCH fell into my lap and the rest is history.

David L, CATCH Champion, Michigan
What Schools Receive

CATCH Whole Child Guided Journey

$5,000/ school / year

Components of the Whole Child Guided Journey can be customized to fit the individual needs of schools. Reach out to [email protected] to schedule a consultation call to help plan your journey.

CATCH family of Whole Child programs and resources available on
Training series - scheduled over the course of a school year for school wellness teams
Ongoing Support from your CATCH Guide - regular check-ins and consultation with a CATCH program manager
$500 stipend to help activate the initiative
Free one-year membership to SHAPE Michigan for one PE / health teacher
CATCH’s Proven Formula for Effective Health & Physical Education

CATCH’s Proven Formula for Effective Health & Physical Education TEKS

  • Focus on student empowerment and intrinsic decision making
  • Common “language of CATCH” across programs
  • SEL anchor activities and prompts
  • Integration of physical activity and health education (schools are encouraged to use Michigan Model for Health or any curricular resources that meets the needs of their school)
  • Family components & resources

See the Whole Child Guided Journey in Action

Check out the digital yearbooks of some past Whole Child Guided Journey schools below! Participating schools receive a yearbook template to showcase their work to colleagues, administration, school boards, parents, etc.

Learn More About the Whole Child Guided Journey

Algonquin Elementary School

Algonac Community Schools

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Vandenberg Elementary

Southfield Public Schools

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Ring Lardner Middle

Niles Community Schools

View Yearbook
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    Schools and school districts participating in the 2022-23 Whole Child Guided Journey as part of the CATCH Michigan project will receive:

    • • Virtual consultation with a CATCH Guide in between each learning session and as needed for each school level Wellness Leader
    • District level consultation to match MiCIP Whole Child goals and needs to CATCH resources and training
    • • Access to the CATCH coordination toolkit resource via
    • • Access to the CATCH nutrition and health recorded video lesson series
    • • Access to the CATCH Health Ed Journeys curriculum and CATCH PE Journeys curriculum on [optional]
    • • A Digital Yearbook portfolio template
    • • Free one-year membership to SHAPE MI for one PE/ Health teacher per school
    • • *$500 school stipend per school to support whole child programming and activities.
      *Stipend will be issued after attending the first training and completing the CATCH kickoff.

    Schools must begin using grant resources within 30 days of receipt.

    The principal or school leader agrees to:

    • • Identify a Wellness Leader and recruit 2-4 additional individuals to form a School Whole Child Leadership Team to lead the CATCH program
    • • Facilitate attendance by the Wellness Leader at up to 4 virtual learning sessions or PD (can be customized to meet the needs of the school or school district)
    • • Conduct a family engagement event (in-person or virtual) that includes Whole Child activities and information
    • • Display messaging and signage in halls and/or common areas to reinforce the school’s commitment to child health & wellness
    • • Send parents/caregivers communication about the CATCH Program on a regular basis
    • • Capture pictures and videos of the CATCH Program in action and encourage sharing via school communication channels including website and social media
    • • Complete end of the year CATCH Digital Yearbook portfolio. You can find examples from previous years here.
    • • Complete the Michigan Healthy Schools Action Tools evaluation and share results with CATCH by the end of May 2023.

    In addition, the principal will encourage high quality PE instruction at least three times per week (daily preferable) and at least six nutrition education lessons taught to all grade levels over the course of the school year as a part of comprehensive health education. Schools are encouraged to use the Michigan Model for Health or any curricular resources that meet the needs of the school.

    We look forward to collaborating with you to positively impact your students, staff and community.

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