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Alma Cantu, Carver cafeteria manager, and Maria Rodriguez, food services, prepare healthy snacks, provided by Aramark, at Carver CATCH Family Night.
Rosa Melendez (right), Carver nurse, checks Carver student Paula Guajardo and her mother’s blood pressure at Carver CATCH Family Night.
Carlos Zamora, Jr. and Christopher Zamora, students at Carver, and their parents Carlos Zamora and Iris Zamora enjoy smoothies provided by Aramark Chef Manager Franchesca Bland at Carver CATCH Family Night
Kurtis Arnold, kindergartener, tests his knowledge of GO SLOW WHOA foods with Alma Cantu, Carver cafeteria manager at Carver CATCH Family Night.
Fourth-grader Christopher Ruiz wins a door prize with Coach Reiss, Carver P.E. teacher, at Carver CATCH Family Night.
Jose Aguilar, fifth-grader, receives information about the YMCA from Rosie Torrez, YMCA After School Program Coordinator, at Carver CATCH Family Night.
Teachers Courtney Morris (back), pre-k, and Cristina Garcia (front), kindergarten, enjoy Zumba provided by Zumba instructor Coach Reed at Carver CATCH Family Night.
Carver Hosts CATCH Family Night
By Priscila D. Garza
The Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) team, in coordination with the faculty, administration and staff at George W. Carver Elementary School, hosted their first CATCH Family Night on March 6th. It was a FUN, informative & free event, infusing healthy CATCH themes, appealing to ALL family members.
CATCH is an evidence-based K-8 model which incorporates wellness into school classrooms and programs. CATCH in Goose Creek schools is supported by Be Well™ Baytown, an initiative of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center sponsored by ExxonMobil.
Carver’s CATCH night included healthy snacks, smoothies from Aramark, blood pressure checks from the school nurse, information on programs offered by the Baytown YMCA, resources from DePelchin, giveaways, and Zumba lessons.
Alma Cantu, Carver Cafeteria Manager and Maria Rodriguez, food services, prepared healthy snacks, such as sun butter and jelly sandwiches, celery, carrots, and grapes, provided by Aramark. Entire families came out and participated in healthy activities and enjoyed smoothies by Aramark Chef Manager, Franchesca Bland. At Aramark’s booth, students also tested their knowledge of food categories, such as GO foods which can be eaten any time, SLOW foods which should be eaten less often and WHOA foods that should be eaten once in a while.
Parents and students had their blood pressure checked by Carver nurse Rosa Melendez. There were also activitie,s such as healthy foods crosswords for students as they waited.
Families won door prizes throughout the night. Prizes included balls, hula-hoops, jump ropes, and other games. Parents, teachers, and students participated in Zumba with Zumba instructor Lakessha Reed at Carver’s CATCH Family Night.
Next year, CATCH Family Nights will be hosted by each elementary and junior school in Goose Creek CISD throughout the school year. For more information about CATCH, contact GCCISD Healthy Community Schools Coordinator, Priscila D. Garza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GO Foods—Eat almost anytime. • SLOW Foods—Eat sometimes, or less often. • WHOA Foods—Eat only once in a while or on special occasions.
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