Welcome to the SWITCH Program

January 11, 2018
Ann Torbert

Welcome to the SWITCH program and to our first blog posting!

SWITCH stands for “School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health.” The program focuses on helping students achieve healthy amounts of physical activity, screen time, and fruit and vegetable consumption. Fittingly, the SWITCH slogan is to help students “switch what they Do, View, & Chew!

The specific goals of SWITCH are to:

 Physical activity character for SWITCH What you DODo: SWITCH up to 60 minutes or more of physical activity per day.

 Screentime character for SWITCH What you VIEWView: SWITCH down to 2 hours or less of recreational screen time per day.

 Nutrition character for SWITCH What you CHEWChew: SWITCH up to 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

SWITCH is a partnership of Iowa State University researchers, educators, graduate students, 4-H Youth Development Specialists, County Youth Coordinators and volunteers.  Our team is working with 25 elementary schools across Iowa to support staff and students in changing schools’ behaviors to create healthier environments for students. 

Through this blog we will introduce you to the people, practices and places that make SWITCH a program you will want in your school. We will also share how your family can carry out SWITCH at home.  Make sure to join us on Facebook and Twitter too!  Facebook: Switch Program and on Twitter @SwitchProgram