The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Health Collaborative is reaching out to students in their areas to teach them about healthy food choices and healthy habits.
Angela Stoltzenburg is the Director of the Collaborative and indicates the CATCH program uses acronyms to introduce their community's youth to a healthy lifestyle. She adds it is a nationwide program.
According to Stoltzenburg, they want kids to know the differences between healthy foods and foods they should try to stay away from. She explains they teach youth how often they should be eating healthy foods.
The program also teaches the kids about exercise. Stoltzenburg explains they work with the schools to implement programs where kids are active for a longer period.
Recently, the program has partnered with District 27 to moving their cafeterias from frozen and processed foods to foods made from scratch. Stoltzenburg adds they are using local foods to make this happen as well. She feels the focus of overall health is important because it helps the community.