The CATCH Global Foundation, the Texas State Alliance of YMCAs, and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) announced a collaboration to bring the evidence-based Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program to the 10 YMCA associations across the state that do not already use it. The CATCH program is the most cost-effective means of preventing childhood obesity.
Through this project, set to begin in early 2015, the Texas YMCA CATCH Kids Club will serve approximately 6,500 children in grades K-8 attending afterschool and summer programs at 129 YMCA sites; with a goal to improve physical activity standards in out-of-school time. Most of the communities in which these programs are located are primarily Hispanic and African American and have high numbers of economically disadvantaged youth and risk factors for elevated rates of overweight and obesity.
This project is made possible by a grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) to the CATCH Global Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity formed earlier this year to develop, disseminate and sustain CATCH. CATCH Global Foundation will lead the project in conjunction with the Texas State Alliance of YMCAs and conduct training and evaluation. MSDF is a Founding Partner of CATCH Global Foundation.