Welcome to SWITCH!

SWITCH Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open! 

SWITCH is available for free in 2020-2021 to support schools in handling unique issues due to COVID-19. The program is for students in 4th-8th grade. Schools will receive a $250 mini grant to help them implement their SWITCH initiatives. We encourage schools to register by the end of September as training and communication to prepare for SWITCH begins in early October: https://form.jotform.com/202024228305037. Questions? Contact Rachel Sweeney, SWITCH Program Coordinator at rsweeney@iastate.edu.


SWITCH ("School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health") is an innovative school wellness initiative designed to support and enhance school wellness programming. Through SWITCH, schools can help student to "Switch what they Do, View, and Chew!"

Schools are provided with resources, training and support, but have autonomy to run programming in ways that best fit their unique needs and goals. SWITCH is managed by an interdisciplinary research team in partnership with the 4-H Youth Development Program through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. SWITCH’s partnership with the Iowa Heart Center Foundation provides financial support for program coordination and evaluation efforts and is fostering creation of additional heart health education components to enhance SWITCH.

Resources for Schools and Families:

Due to school closures for protective measures related to COVID-19, SWITCH has put together some resources to support students and families staying at home. Please follow us on social media to learn of other health challenges and resources.

Spring Break Sprint Challenge: Even if you're not technically on "Spring Break" anymore, this may be a fun resource to challenge your family to practice Do, View and Chew behaviors throughout the week.

Healthy Habits at Home Resource: This resource compiles a variety of resources from our state partners' recommendations as well as ISU Extension and Outreach and SWITCH developed resources. Tune into our social media sites for added challenges and ideas for engagement.

Family Scheduler Template: Are you looking for a way to map out your day? This Family Scheduler resource is to help give you ideas of ways to break up the day to make time for learning, relationship building, play and overall fun for your child or together as a family. The second page is a blank template so you can reorganize the suggested activities in a way that works best for your child and better yet, to give your child(ren) a choice!

If you have suggestions for additional resources please email us at switch@iastate.edu.