Pasadena middle school employees to get training in student fitness program

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WHAT:

An innovative program designed in part by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) to help students eat right, be active and learn healthy habits is coming to middle and intermediate schools in the Pasadena Independent School District. The program is called the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) and it is already in the district’s elementary schools. This Friday, about 70 middle and intermediate school employees will receive their initial training and about 140 elementary school employees will get a booster course. These training workshops orient participants to the program and blend interactive techniques that teach and demonstrate strategies for effective implementation. CATCH is administered by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living located at The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus, which is part of UTHealth.

WHEN: 

10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

WHERE: 

Beverly Hills Intermediate School, 11111 Beamer, Houston, Texas

WHO: 

Karen Hickman, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction (Pre-Kindergarten-sixth grade) for Pasadena ISD 

Peter Cribb, CATCH Program Director for the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at UTHealth

 WHY: 

Texas has the seventh highest childhood obesity rate in the country, 20.4 percent in a 2011 survey. The CATCH program is addressing this problem and has been adopted by more than 8,500 schools here and abroad, making it the most widespread coordinated school health program in the world. The program has been associated with a reduction in childhood obesity prevalence.

CONTACTS: 

Jade Waddy, Media Relations Specialist, UTHealth, 713-500-3030, Cell 832-563-0779

Candace Ahlfinger, Associate Superintendent of Communications and Community Relations Pasadena ISD, 713-855-7343

Rob Cahill
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030