Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital to launch new childhood obesity program in Lincoln and east Linn counties

May 14,2012
Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital has received a three-year, $448,334 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to implement the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program, an evidence-based childhood obesity prevention effort that is proving highly effective in increasing physical activity levels and improving eating behaviors among children.

Implemented already in more than 8,500 schools, preschools and Head Start programs across the nation, CATCH promotes healthy behaviors by bringing effective curriculum into the classroom, physical education classes, the cafeteria and the home. For example, schools that become part of CATCH serve healthier meals at lunch time and also teach children about nutrition during meals.

During the first year of the grant, CATCH will be implemented in six schools in east Linn County and three after-school programs in both Lincoln and east Linn counties. The Samaritan Early Learning Center in Lincoln County will also implement CATCH into its preschool program. An additional six schools and six after-school programs will be added in the second year and third year of the grant, for a total of 19 CATCH programs in Lincoln and Linn counties. Approximately 4,000 children will be reached. A portion of the grant will be used to fund a part-time, three-year coordinator position to run the local CATCH program.

Collaborating partners included in the grant are Lebanon Community Schools, Neighbors for Kids, Oregon Dental Services, Yachats Youth and Families Activities Program, and Samaritan Early Learning Center.

For more information about the CATCH program, contact JoAnn Miller, director of Community Health Promotion for Samaritan, at 541-451-6939 or jomiller@samhealth.org.