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UT School of Public Health Program to Prevent Childhood Obesity Expands to Central Texas Middle Schools
Date:3/5/2009

CATCH Middle School program is that we can continue to teach, encourage and reinforce lessons that were learned by children who were part of the elementary program. Based on the success of the program in elementary schools, and solid results of IMPACT, Heads Up!, and PASS and CATCH, we believe the expansion into middle schools will be at least as successful if not more so," said Steven H. Kelder, Ph.D., principal investigator of the CATCH Middle School program, co-director of The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living, and professor of epidemiology at The UT School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus. "We are extremely appreciative that the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation continues to provide funds that allow the CATCH program to enter schools and create environments that foster and promote physical activity and healthy habits," he said.

For more information about the CATCH Middle School program, please visit www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/dellhealthyliving.

About the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (www.msdf.org) is dedicated to improving the lives of children living in urban poverty around the world. With offices in Austin, TX and New Delhi, India, the Dell family foundation funds programs that foster high-quality public education and childhood health, and improve the economic stability of families living in poverty. The foundation has committed more than $530 million to global children's issues and community initiatives to date.

About The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living

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