Educator Idea File: Catch 5 for a Healthy Weight

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Screen shot 2012 11 07 at 3.01.20 PM Educator Idea File: Catch 5 for a Healthy WeightCatch 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.

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