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. Information about the process is provided below.  

Parent Registration

Welcome to the online tracker that makes it even easier for parents to keep track of their children's points. Parents can register their child and set up a personalized account to receive all of the information about the SWITCH program. The registration will allow the school SWITCH team (and the ISU project team) to send program updates/reminders and provide suggestions to help your child stay on track while making the SWITCH. 
If you are a parent, please click the link below and select 'Register' on the next page to create your account.  

Click HERE to sign up for SWITCH

Switch registration video tutorial


Getting Started

Congratulations on starting out on a journey to develop and reinforce healthy habits in your family! Once you have created an account and registered your child here, you and your child will need to complete two short surveys that will give you an idea of how healthy your home environment is and how much exercise they are currently getting. They might have already completed the Youth Activity Profile survey at school, but if not, you can complete it here. EVERYONE will need to complete the Family Nutrition and Physical Activity survey. 

How Healthy is Your Home Environment?

A healthy environment makes it easier to adopt healthy lifestyles. We have partnered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to provide SWITCH families with access to the Family Nutrition and Physical Activity (FNPA) screening tool. This 20 item tool was developed to help parents evaluate their home environment and practices related to healthy living. By completing the FNPA you can learn about what you are doing well and what areas you can improve on. 

Click here to access SWITCH FNPA Site.

Youth Physical Activity Profile

The Youth Activity Profile (YAP) was designed to assess how much activity children are getting at school and home through a series of online questions. This instrument was developed by the Physical Activity and Health Promotion Lab at Iowa State and calibrated through a series of studies led by Dr. Pedro Saint Maurice. It is being used in the nationwide NFL Play 60 Fitnessgram Program and is also being incorporated into the overall Fitnessgram assessment used by numerous physical education classes throughout the country. For the Participation Code use your child's Student ID number. 

Click here to access the online Youth Activity Profile

School Registration

SWITCH is managed through the ISU Community Campus Partnership for Health (www.ccph.iastate.edu), an outreach program managed by the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University. Schools interested in running SWITCH can visit the Physical Activity Lab website and download / submit the registration forms to get started. Once registered, the SWITCH team will create a customized interface for the school and provide ancillary support in carrying out the program. Each school will be able to customize the program to make it work best for their particular setting. 


Learn more about SWITCH


The 2015 edition of SWITCH will begin on Feburary 2, 2015!

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please feel free to contact the SWITCH team at iowaswitch@gmail.com. Direct inquiries about the overall program can also be directed to Dr. Greg Welk, the project leader from the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University - gwelk@iastate.edu)