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Crestview Heights School Gets Kids Moving

It’s time for the afternoon physical education class at Crestview Heights School in Waldport, and the gym fills with boisterous students, ready to play. Thanks to a grant from Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, PE teacher Colt Reece not only has some new tricks up his sleeve to get the kids focused and exercising, he also has tools to help them take health knowledge home to their families.

The grant allowed Crestview to join a program called the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH), an evidenced-based initiative backed by more than 20 years of research and recommended by the National Institutes of Health. CATCH has been proven to help reverse childhood obesity at a cost of less than $10 per child per year.

When Crestview Heights signed up for CATCH, it received a large kit of physical education tools and adaptable curriculum, focused on exercise and nutrition.

"There’s a wide range of great stuff in the kit, but one of my absolute favorites are the beanbags,” Reece said. “They come with curriculum I used to create really fun, active games. I can scale the intensity up and down for different students."

The kit also includes materials for the kids to take home to their parents, focused on building the entire family’s understanding of exercise and nutrition. For example, CATCH features a pick of the month€ food always a healthy, local option with ideas for affordably preparing the pick at home.

Of course, Reece’s students are most excited about the fun new games they get to play.

"My favorite CATCH game is the bean bag toss,” said fourth grader Mica Boynton. “We break up into teams and challenge each other to toss beanbags into hula-hoops from all over the gym. If your team misses, you all have to do jumping jacks."

Samaritan Health Services serves as a CATCH federal grant facilitator and collaborative leader, helping to implement CATCH across our Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. Visit to learn more.

 In 2016, Crestview Heights School:

  • Served 130+ attendees at their fall family event, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities
  • Served 300 students through their Step it Up€ challenge and increased physical activity to 60 minutes per day on PE days, 30+ minutes on non-PE days
  • Facilitated one workshop for 15 teachers to gain curriculum resources to increase activity time in the classroom

Learn how Crestview Heights School used the CATCH program to help teach the students and their families about exercise and nutrition.

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Other Partners Supporting Programs and Services for Healthy Families:

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam
  • Corvallis Environmental Center
  • Lincoln County School District After-school Program
  • Neighbors for Kid
  • Ashbrook Independent School
  • Philomath Youth Activities Club
  • Lincoln City Food Share