Educational or Curriculum

The Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH)

Initiative Description:  a multicenter, randomized trial to test the effectiveness of a cardiovascular health promotion program in 96 public schools in four states. A major component of CATCH was an innovative, health-related physical education (P+) program. For 2.5 years, randomly assigned schools received a standardized PE intervention, including curriculum, staff development, and follow-up.

Study Results: Increased MVPA from 37.4% at baseline to 51.9%.

Reference: McKenzie, T. L., Nader, P. R., Strikmiller, P. K., Yang, M., Stone, E. J., Perry, C. L., & Kelder, S. H. (1996). School physical education: Effect of the child and adolescent trial for cardiovascular health (CATCH). Preventive Medicine, 25,423-431. doi:10.1006/pmed.1996.0074

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good