Welcome to SWITCH!

Thanks for visiting SWITCH!

SWITCH is an innovative school-based program designed to help children to "Switch what they DO, VIEW, and CHEW!".  This slogan highlights the three key goals of the program -- helping youth to increase their physical activity, decrease their screen time, and increase their daily consumption of fruits and vegetables.

The specific goals of the program are to:

         Switch UP to 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day.
         Switch DOWN to 2 hours or less of screen time (TV, internet, video games, computer) a day.
         Switch UP to 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

The program is managed through participatory research agreements with schools. Once registered, schools are able to set up and manage their own SWITCH programs. We are in the process of transitioning to a new web system and will be releasing an enhanced version of SWITCH for launch in the Fall of 2015.

We are interested in working with schools to pilot and test this new version. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Greg Welk (gwelk@iastate.edu)