Robin Young, left, child nutrition director, and Shirley Parker, registered dietitian, both of Humble ISD, were selected as two of only eight CATCH Champions 2007 for the state of Texas. The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAPHERD) announced its Third annual “CATCH Champion” Awards at the organization’s winter conference in Galveston. The Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) Program exists for the primary purpose of creating healthy children and healthy school environments. CATCH Champion” Awards recognize individuals who have contributed significantly to moving the CATCH program forward in local school districts and who strive to combine the efforts of Physical Education programs, classroom education and Child Nutrition (cafeteria) Services to provide a seamless nutrition education message to elementary-school children. Joey L. Walker, representing CATCH Texas, recognized two CATCH Champions 2007 from Humble ISD. Robin Young, child nutrition director, and Shirley Parker, registered dietitian, were selected as two of only eight award winners in Texas. The winners from Humble ISD were selected based on their continued efforts to promoted healthy eating habits in Humble ISD students. The Child Nutrition Department supported the CATCH program from its inception by identifying “Go” (eat often), “Slow” (eat sometimes) and “Whoa” (eat only occasionally) foods on school menus. The department also coordinates “behind the scenes” kitchen tours for second-grade students district wide. Last school year, more than 2,300 students participated in school kitchen tours, led by the school cafeteria manager, which allowed them to learn how healthful food choices are prepared at each work station. The Humble ISD CATCH Champions also won one of only five salad bar grants awarded nationwide by Hidden Valley® Ranch for the 2007-08 school year. The grant included $15,000 and a child-height salad bar for one elementary school. In addition, with the support faculty and staff at that school, every student has the opportunity to sample a different fresh vegetable every other week throughout the school year. In addition, the department has implemented salad bars at five other elementary schools. The Humble ISD winners join another Humble ISD staff member as CATCH Champions. Helen Wagner, Humble ISD district CATCH coordinator of Elm Grove Elementary School was recognized in 2006 for her efforts in implementing the CATCH program district wide. For more information about CATCH, visit their Web site at www.CATCHTexas.org.

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