Community Partners
American Cancer Society
Egyptian Public & Mental Health Department
Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department
Jackson County Health Department
SIUC Center for Rural Health & Social Services Development-School of Medicine
Perry County Health Department
Southern Seven Health Department
Southern Illinois Healthcare
U of I Extension

Funding Provided by:
American Cancer Society, Illinois Delta Network, Illinois Department of Human Services, Kohl’s Cares for Kids, Southern Illinois Healthcare

CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is an evidence-based, coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices, and prevent tobacco use in children for preschool through 8th grades and After-school programs in the lower sixteen counties of Illinois.

​The CATCH Program focuses on the ten components of Coordinated School Health:

LEARN More @


Training and funding for approximately 80 non-public and public schools and 8 After-school programs to implement CATCH.  School Lunch Rocks! Conference is available to all School Nutrition Services staff and a Physical Education Workshop is offered yearly in the lower 16 southern Illinois counties.

Does it work?

Evaluation Results (2016-2017 School Year).​

  • Based on SOFIT results, students at all participating CATCH schools are spending at least 65% of physical education class time involved in moderate–intensive to vigorous–intensive physical activities.

  • Over 5,000 parents/ students attended family events.

  • Over fifty school food service staff attended training and have worked to implement positive changes in their cafeterias, i.e, serving low-fat milk, adding whole grain products to the menus, and much more.

  • CATCH Early Childhood curriculum implemented in several Pre-Kindergarten classes in schools across the region.

  • CATCH classroom lessons continue to be taught.

Social Emotional Health lessons have been implemented in several schools, with additional schools to be added during the next few years.

Phyllis Wood, EHD CATCH Director statement:

EHD is very excited to bring the CATCH program to our service region of Hamilton, White, Saline, Gallatin, Pope and Hardin County schools! CATCH, when used as part of a school's wellness policy, has demonstrated positive outcomes regarding the improvement of students’ academic performance as well as providing them with healthy living skills that will last a lifetime.  It just makes sense… healthy children make better learners!

In our area, we currently have 26 separately funded CATCH programs at area schools-prekindergarten, elementary, middle and afterschool programs- joining more than 10,000 CATCH schools nationwide currently implementing CATCH.  We assist with a variety of projects for each school, including hosting a CATCH training day for school staff, distributing newsletters for families, sponsoring a family fun event, purchasing additional physical education equipment, providing health education resources and offering professional development opportunities for school staff.

Each school has a school champion, someone who serves as an enthusiastic supporter of the CATCH program and as a liaison between the school and EHD:

Booth Elementary and NCOE PreK – Mr. Tim Jones

Carmi's Jefferson and Lincoln Attendance Centers-Mrs. Cindy Colman

Carmi-White County PreK-Mrs. Meredith Lamp

Dahlgren Elementary-Ms. Jodi Reyling

Eldorado Elementary , PreK and Middle School-Mrs. Lori Woolcott

Carrier Mills/Stonefort Elementary and PreK-Mr. Geoff Absher

Galatia Elementary and PreK-Mr. Shain Crank

Gallatin County Elementary and PreK and Afterschool-Ms. Mariah Dennison

Hardin County Elementary and PreK-Mr. Andy Edmonson

Harrisburg East Side Intermediate-Mrs. Lori Porter

Harrisburg West Side Primary, PreK and Afterschool-Mrs. Kim Williams       

McLeansboro East Side Elementary-Mrs.  Sandra Rapp 

Pope County Elementary and PreK-Mr. Ed Blankenship

Wells Elementary and PreK, Grayville – Mrs. Melissa Crow


We are excited to announce that CATCH has recently expanded to include a Social-Emotional Learning aspect to our program.  We piloted the program in two of our area middle schools and have now expanded to two additional middle schools and a high school, with plans to add even more schools within the next few years.  Mrs. Darlene Waier, EHD’s SEL Specialist, is an essential member of EHD's CATCH team, and provides information and assistance to our schools.

Darlene and I are looking forward to working with each school's staff as they implement the CATCH program in their school.  We are expecting terrific results from both staff and students!

Our ultimate goal is to recruit all our area schools into the CATCH program, so if anyone wants to learn more about this exciting program, we encourage them to contact EHD or the national website

Egyptian Health Department

1412 US Highway 45 North

Eldorado, IL 62930

Mon, Wed,Fri: 8am - 5pm

​​Tues. & Thurs.  8am- 8pm