SWITCH Parent Information

Parents play a key role in school wellness programming by reinforcing messages and behaviors at home. The SWITCH web-based system is designed specifically to help promote parent engagement. Parents can follow their child’s Do, View, and Chew tracking on the website each week by creating a parent account. They can also help their child earn SWITCH badges by making healthy ‘switches’ at home. Switches are any activities you and your child(ren) do together that help them make healthy choices. If you normally walk the dog alone, a healthy Switch could be having your child tag along to get some extra activity. That is a Switch! Switches can happen anywhere and relate to any of your child’s Do, View, or Chew behaviors. So, consider having your child help you make healthy snacks or dinner, take a walk to the library, or any other ideas that will help you become healthier as a family!

We also invite you to engage with the SWITCH program by becoming involved with your school’s SWITCH programming. Teachers welcome input from parents in creating wellness programming, and as a key stakeholder you have a chance to significantly impact the school environment and contribute to fostering healthy behaviors in youth. Your expertise and knowledge of your child’s habits can help your SWITCH school deliver an effective wellness program that benefits your child and their classmates!

Click the associated links to access resources for promoting healthy behaviors at home.