CATCH School Implementation Training Application

CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is a school-based health program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices. CATCH transforms a child’s environment by coordinating child health efforts across all aspects of the educational experience: classroom, food services, physical education, and family. Research shows that CATCH:

  • Improves academic achievement
  • Produces lasting positive changes in dietary and physical activity behavior
  • Reduces overweight and obesity

Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York (FLESNY) is bringing this opportunity to elementary schools in our area that are interested in taking the next step in making school environments places where students learn and practice healthy food choices and have daily opportunities to be physically active.

FLESNY is sponsoring a CATCH School Implementation Training for 10 elementary schools on May 10 and 11, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Phelps Community Center located at 8 Banta St., Phelps, NY 14532. If your elementary school has 50% or more children on free/reduced school meals and is in one of our eleven counties, your school is eligible to apply. The eleven counties are Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Chemung, Steuben, Cayuga, Tompkins, Seneca, Schuyler, Yates and Livingston. The application follows below.

The CATCH Foundation will conduct a 2-day training on CATCH. The first day is for teams of 3 to 4 from each of 10 elementary schools (including a PE teacher). The second day training is for PE teachers from the 10 schools only. FLESNY has funding to hire CATCH trainers, sponsor the training, and provide a set of CATCH curricula, implementation guide and physical activity equipment set for each participating school, and provide lunch each day. FLESNY can provide a stipend to each accepted elementary school, acknowledging that schools have costs, such as substitute teachers and travel (mileage) to the training.

If your elementary school is interested, complete the attached application and email to: Mary Lee Bourbeau, FLESNY Project Director at by April 26, 2017. You will be notified by May 3, 2017. If you have questions, email or call Mary Lee at 315-331-8415.

Schools will be selected for the 2-day CATCH Implementation training based on the following criteria:

  • More than 50% of children in the elementary school are receiving free/reduced school meals
  • An elementary school located in one of the eleven Finger Lakes counties (see list above)
  • An active wellness committee or commitment to initiate a school wellness committee with representation of stakeholders.
  • Identification of a CATCH Champion who will guide CATCH implementation in the elementary school
  • Recent history of implementing nutrition and physical activity programs or strategies
  • Commitment to implementing at least three of the four CATCH program components: evidenced based education (CATCH curricula in classrooms and PE classes), social marketing (CATCH messages), parent and community involvement (family fun events) and staff training on continuous program and policy implementation

This project is funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.