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Last updated 10:29PM ET
September 25, 2018
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The CATCH program helps Keokuk and Central Lee students learn what to eat and how much they can have.
(wium) - Jason Parrott's guest is Emily Carrick, the Prevention Coordinator for the Lee County Health Department. The talk about the CATCH program, which promotes healthy living in two local school districts.

The LCHD helped the Central Lee and Keokuk School Districts implement the CATCH program. CATCH stands for Coordinated Approach to Child Health.

CATCH is a curriculum that is incorporated into four key areas: Classroom, Cafeteria, Physical Education, & Parental Involvement.

Carrick says 2010/2011 will be the third year the program is offered to K-5 students in Central Lee. She says this will be the second year for elementary school students in Keokuk.

Carrick says a focus of the program is combating childhood obesity. But she says CATCH also works on overall wellness by teaching children during their formative years.

Carrick says students are encouraged to be as active as possible and eat the right foods through the Go - Whoa - No program. She says the impact is seen when kids bring fruit to school for birthdays instead of cupcakes.

Carrick says the goal is to find grant money to the Fort Madison School District add the CATCH program and to expand it into middle and high school.

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