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.