How it Works

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SWITCH empowers school leaders to integrate school wellness programming and engages children and their families in the process. Training is provided to an appointed SWITCH implementation team in the school. The "core team" is made up of a minimum of three leaders, who then work to promote the adoption and utilization of the program in their school. Schools are guided to assess their school needs and create a plan to implement SWITCH based on their schools' needs and readiness.

Curricular modules and resources are available for classroom, physical education and lunchroom settings to help facilitate wellness changes in schools. These modules are evidence-based and designed to be easy to implement and fun for students, but schools have the freedom to incorporate other resources and campaigns into their own SWITCH model. Schools are also provided with a content management system that helps them coordinate the programming and network with other schools implementing the program. Schools also have access to an interactive website that students use to track their efforts at changing their “do”, “view” and “chew” behaviors each week. The website allows kids (and parents) to track progress and efforts are reinforced by school leaders using their own creative ideas and strategies.

Schools interested in participating can contact the program team at switch@iastate.edu. Recruitment for the 2020-2021 school year is open until the end of October. Contact Rachel Sweeney, SWITCH Program Coordinator, rsweeney@iastate.edu, for more information.