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Coordinated School Health

By
Kash Aleem,   Maydell Jenks Elementary Sch
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Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement,  Physical Activity Participation
This year we implemented our Coordinated School Health program at our school called CATCH. One of the events we host is a CATCH night, where we invite families to come experience a night full of physical activities, healthy eating, and meeting local community vendors. Students have an opportunity to showcase what they have learned to there families and why it is important in their daily lives to stay healthy and be active. Families get to meet meet nearby community businesses and see what they have to offer from a health standpoint. The best part about this night is to see and hear the parents reaction. Many of them know the importance of a healthy lifestyle, but may not understand what it fully entails. CATCH night gives them a better insight into that. I love seeing the pictures and videos parents post on social media of there families being active and changing their lifestyle to a healthy one after coming to a CATCH night. You know you are making a difference but, more importantly, the families are making a difference.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We accomplished our goals by creating a committee, setting goals that we wanted to achieve and implementing a plan to reach those goals.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

Our committee is a standing committee which we will have every year with rotating committee members.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

More physical activity outside of school and a change in eating habits that include more fruits and vegetables.