Catch My Breath Curriculum Pilot Project 2019/2020
Catch My Breath is a best-practices youth E-cigarette and JUUL prevention program developed by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The program provides up-to-date information to teachers, parents and health professionals to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about the use of E-cigarettes, including JUUL devices. Catch My Breath utilizes a peer lead teaching approach. The program does not take any financial endorsements from the Tobacco or Vaping Industry.
To learn more about the program and available resources including results from pilot testing, visit https://catchinfo.org/modules/e-cigarettes/
The Grey Bruce Health Unit supports the use of this program and it has been approved for use by the Bluewater District School Board and the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board.
Note: The program is based out of the United States and includes State of Texas laws and statistics as well as U.S based information. To adjust the program for use in Ontario, we have created supplementary materials including an Ontario Supplement overview as well as powerpoint slides you can insert into certain lessons.
About the program:
The program offers modules for grades 6 to 8 as well as a module for use at the Secondary Level. Each module includes 4 lessons which require about 30 minutes each to teach. CATCH recommends teaching one lesson a week over 4 weeks. There is the opportunity to involve peer leaders elected by the fellow classmates to help lead discussions. The web portal includes student quizzes and many helpful resources for your knowledge as a teacher.
How do I access the modules?
To access the modules, teachers need an access code to sign onto the Catch Platform. The Grey Bruce Health Unit is supporting a pilot project of this curriculum and our healthy school nurses will provide access codes, student surveys, supporting documents and ongoing support. To register, visit https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Your-Health/Smoke-Free-Living/Catch-My-Breath
Catch My Breath Pilot Project Flyer
Teaching Supplements for Ontario:
Ontario Supplement for Catch My Breath
Catch My Breath_Ontario Supplement Powerpoint Slides: Tobacco and Vaping Laws
Catch My Breath_Supplement Powerpoint Slides: Youth Vaping Rates