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Health department holds kick-off event

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 12:37 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 12:43 p.m. CDT
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Bureau Valley students (front row, from left) Logan Philhower, Emiley Stephenson, Carly Wiggim and Ashlyn Maupin are pictured with (back) Ben Fogle and Becky Piano during a C.A.T.C.H. kick-off event.

WYANET — The Bureau and Putnam County Health Department recently held a C.A.T.C.H. (Coordinated Approach to Children’s Health) kick-off event for the elementary and junior high students at Bureau Valley schools.

The C.A.T.C.H. curriculum is an evidence-based program that promotes very upbeat and fun ways to increase healthy eating and physical activity at schools. Through the program, health educators teach children to label foods as “GO, SLOW and WHOA” foods and encourage students to eat five-plus servings of GO foods (fruits and vegetables) a day. SLOW foods (foods that at are higher in fat, added sugar and calories) should be eaten less often and WHOA foods (foods high in calories, sugars and fat) should only be eaten once in a while. Students also participated in physical activities which provided them an opportunity to move and exercise.

For more information on the C.A.T.C.H. curriculum, trainings and adopting the C.A.T.C.H. curriculum into your school, contact Becky Piano, health educator, at 815-872-5091 or at

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