Our Model and Resources

The SWITCH process was refined through a series of pilot studies that helped to evaluate strategies needThe steps helped to establish an evidence-based training and implementation process that can be broadly disseminated across the state. SWITCH is now available to all Iowa schools through a partnership with ISU 4-H youth programming. 

The SWITCH model is designed to be guided by an internal ‘Core Team’ that promotes and coordinates programming within the school. School leaders know the strengths and needs in their school and are positioned to move things forward in ways that work best in their setting. The ISU SWITCH Team and county-based 4-H Healthy Living Specialists work providing training and support but programming is led by the school Core Teams. The team plays a key role in promoting SWITCH within the school and planning creative and fun ways to share it with students. Through this coordination, they create system changes that contribute to impactful and sustainable schools wellness programming.

SWITCH programming is consistent with other school-based initiatives such as 5210, which has been promoted through the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative. In fact, the same goals of 5210 are directly parallel to the same goals outlined in SWITCH.

  • 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables
  • 2 hours or less non-educational screen time
  • 1 hour or more of physical activity
  • 0 sugar sweetened beverages

The consistent messaging allows schools to use SWITCH to also support the 5210 movement and the Healthiest State Initiative. See the associated link for more information about the 5210 effort in Iowa.