SWITCH School Wellness Programming
SWITCH (School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health) is a school-wellness training initiative coordinated by Dr. Greg Welk and an interdisciplinary research team of faculty and staff from multiple universities. Through a USDA funded grant, the team has established a flexible, capacity-building process that helps schools to build capacity to run programming on their own. Programming is now coordinated by the 4-H Youth Development program of ISU Extension and Outreach but Dr. Welk and the PAHP lab still play a key role in facilitating and evaluating programming.
What is SWITCH
SWITCH is an evidence-based obesity prevention program designed to help youth to "Switch what they Do, View and Chew". The program, based on social ecological theory, works with and through schools to reach parents and children. A novel aspect of the project is that it is managed through participatory research agreement to enable shared learning through the project. Additional details are below:
SWITCH Leadership Team
Switch is guided by an interdisciplinary research team consisting of a number of ISU faculty members as well as colleagues at Kansas State University and Louisiana State University.
Sign up for SWITCH!
We are currently recruiting schools to participate in the 2020 version of SWITCH. Schools will receive customized links and support through the online content management system (www.iowaswitch.org). Schools willing to partner on the program evaluation can have the program costs waived. Programming is managed through a partnership with the 4H Program managed through ISU Extension and Outreach