SWITCH is an evidence-based school wellness program that is managed through schools, but also focuses on improving home environments too. Parents with students participating in SWITCH are invited to participate in a variety of ways. Most importantly, parents can follow their child's Do, View, and Chew tracking on the website each week by creating a parent account! You can also help your child earn Switch Badges by doing Switches at home with your child and entering it online. Switches are activities kids and families do together when they make an intentional healthy choice that they don't already make regularly. For example, if you normally walk the dog alone, you can make a Switch by having your child tag along on the dog walk to get some extra activity. That's a Switch! Switches can happen anywhere and relate to either Do, View, or Chew behaviors! So consider having your child help you make healthy snacks, cook dinner, take a walk to the library, anything fun and healthy, and enter a Switch for them through your parent SWITCH account!
Parents can also engage with the SWITCH program by seeing if there are ways you can get involved in the school's SWITCH programming. Maybe you can help the school develop or carry out plans for a Walking School Bus. Fun! Some schools can really use help from parents in wellness programming due to limited time and funding. This is unfortunate, but many parents can offer their time or expertise to help the school deliver different types of school wellness programming. PTO / PTA organizations should also consider ways they can help support students wellness in their schools!