School‐Based Cardiovascular Health Promotion: The Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH)

Cheryl L. Perry, Elaine J. Stone, Guy S. Parcel, R. Curtis Ellison, Philip R. Nader, Larry S. Webber, Russell V Luepker

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: The Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH) is a multisite intervention research study that builds on significant progress made in school health education research in the 1980s. The study has three phases: Phase I deals with study design, intervention, and measurement development, Phase II involves the main trial in 96 school'; in four states, and Phase III focuses on analysis. The intervention program targets third‐fifth grade students and focuses on multiple cardiovascular health behaviors, including eating habits, physical activity, and cigarette smoking. Classroom curricula, school environmental change, and family involvement programs are developed for each grade level and behavioral focus. This paper describes Phase II of CATCH with a rationale for cardiovascular health promotion with youth. The process of change that appears to be necessary for school‐based health promotion and that will be tested in CATCH are presented as a framework to guide these efforts. 1990 American School Health Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-413
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of School Health
Volume60
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1990

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