Coordinated Approach to Child Health

Roberta Gealt, Principal Investigator
Dr. Whitney Gunter and Katherine Ware, Project Coordinators

Initiated: 2010

Funding Source: Nemours Health and Prevention Services

Project Summary:

Nemours Health and Prevention Services contracted with the Center for Drug & Alcohol Studies to assist with the evaluation of Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) implementation in Delaware.  CATCH is a program used to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and overall healthy school environments.  Over the past few years, Nemours and the Delaware Department of Education have conducted several different CATCH trainings across the state.  This evaluation will assess how CATCH implementation is going, and also determine if there are other supports that can be provided to schools.

The CATCH implementation evaluation involves online surveys and on site observations.  The observations are being completed in PE classes for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th graders at a sample of elementary and middle schools in Delaware.  CDAS observers are using a standardized protocol, System for Observing Fitness Instruction Time (SOFIT), which provides data on the amount of minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity that students participate in during PE class.  These observations are designed to be non-intrusive, and they do not require the teachers or school to do anything different than they would usually do.