Catch 5 for a Healthy Weight is collaboration between Houston Department of Health and Human Services WIC and pediatric providers to prevent obesity among preschoolers. Project main goals include:
- Promote parental awareness about their children's BMI
- Provide consistent and unified messages to parents
- Assist parents with goal setting toward healthier eating habits and increased physical activity
We worked with Rosana Arruda to help her with her Catch 5 Handouts which included a double- sided information flyer, a survey and a goal setting sheet. The Catch 5 Messages are:
1) Eat Healthy Snacks - limit the consumption of cookies, chips and candy - offer healthy snacks of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and yogurt.
2) Drink water Instead of Sugary Beverages
3) Move More and Sit Less - get more physically active and sit less for video games and watching TV/DVDs
4) Choose Fat-Free or Low-Fat Milk and Dairy - wean the family from whole milk to reduced fat to low-fat to fat-free milk and dairy products
5) Eat at Least 2 Cups of Fruits and Vegetables Each Day - involve kids in selection and preparation of fruits and veggies and have them readily available.
Rosana provided a color flyer on the Catch 5 message and then healthcare professionals use a survey to find out which message needs the most attention. Then parents commit to making changes using a goal sheet. More ideas are included to eat meals together as a family.
Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.