Sunday, September 25, 2016


Did you know that OHE is a CATCH School?

Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) is a health program that promotes healthy habits and brings a school community together to teach children to be healthy for a lifetime. We recently had our annual CATCH Kick Off Week.

There are 4 key parts to CATCH:

Classroom curriculum

Students are taught the importance of good health behaviors. To accomplish this, health lessons are taught throughout the year. In addition, opportunities for physical activity is incorporated into the daily schedule. Both structured (WOW) and unstructured (recess) physical activities are supported.

Some examples of WOW activities: playing soccer and Gaga

Examples of recess activities.

Marathon Kids is a school-wide fitness program at OHE. All students Grades 1st – 5th are challenged to jog/run 104.8 miles throughout the year during the school day. Pre-K and Kinder students are encouraged to set a goal of 25-50 (or more) miles.

Students jog/run the track for 10 minutes most school days

Physical Education curriculum 

The P.E. curriculum teaches students physical skills and activities.

Cooperative People Alphabet activity from PE class

Nutrition services

Nutrition services prepare and promote healthy food choices at school.

The cafeteria offers healthy food choices including a salad bar option two times a week.

Family and Community

Family and our community encourage healthy habits in the home and community.

What can you expect from OHE’s CATCH Culture?
  • Students are offered meals that are nutritious and follow the Dietary Guidelines from the cafeteria.
  • Students will participate in Physical Education classes that are interactive and teach the values, knowledge, and skills needed to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle now and for the rest of their lives.
  • Physical activity is included in the classroom throughout the day, including WOW, recess, and brain breaks. Recess is offered at all grade levels on a daily basis.
  • OHE hosts events and activities that promote healthy eating and physical activity for students, parents and staff throughout the school year.

What can parents do to help support CATCH?
  • Send healthy food choices for snacks and/or lunch.
  • Encourage drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened drinks.
  • Participate in physical activities with your child(ren).