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updated: 12/13/2013 10:55 PM

Advocate Condell Introduces Healthy Behaviors to Local Children

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Kellee Lemcke

More than 2,000 students in Libertyville and Gurnee are learning healthy behaviors in PE and health classes thanks to Advocate Condell Medical Center.

Advocate Condell has partnered with local elementary schools to offer the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program as a commitment to improving the health and wellness of children in the communities it serves. Whether it's hand washing techniques or the power of physical activity, the goal is to teach the next generation and their families the importance of living healthy.

"CATCH provides a great opportunity to teach healthy habits to a very impressionable group," said Dr. Debra Winiger, a family medicine physician with Advocate Condell Medical Center. "The hope is that these students will hear these messages at a young age, and the resulting healthy behavior will become automatic for the rest of their lives."

CATCH is offered in more than 8,000 schools nationwide, including 5 in Lake and McHenry counties in partnership with Advocate Condell Medical Center.

To view a brief video of CATCH in action at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville, simply click here or copy/paste this link into your browser: