Welcome to SWITCH!

Schools Invited to Participate in SWITCH for the 2021 - 2022 School Year

SWITCH registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open! Enhancements to the program for the 2021-2022 school year include expansion of the SWITCH Cooking School, new heart health modules, additional Social-Emotional Learning components for the Lunchroom module, implementation mini grant for schools, Sensory Walkway Paths, and enrichments to the SWITCH Youth Ambassador Program.

Schools new to SWITCH are encouraged to attend a webinar highlighting additional program details on May 18, 2021 from 3:30-4:30PM; preregistration is required.

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.

For more information contact SWITCH at switch@iastate.edu