GENOA – Recently, the Genoa-Kingston Middle School health department received grant money from the Genoa-Kingston Education Foundation and the DeKalb County Community Foundation to fund the CATCH program at Genoa-Kingston for the 2013-14 academic year.
CATCH is a data-based program that encourages healthy eating choices, and promotes physical activities and decreased screen time for teens. The youth in DeKalb County surpass the national and state averages for being overweight and obese, so this program will target all incoming sixth graders.
CATCH will be taught in the physical education and health classes to sixth graders and hopefully to all students in the years ahead. These two grants covered the cost of the program that is being successfully used in the DeKalb and Sycamore school districts.
CATCH will partner with the Live Healthy DeKalb County initiative, and KishHealth System and Lisa Cumings, RN of Kishwaukee Community Hospital will be involved in implementing the program at GKMS.