Hello Teachers! We are excited that your school is choosing to participate in Switch this spring. SWITCH is an evidence-based program designed to work with schools to provide students with health school environments where students are surrounded with opportunities to make fun and easy healthy choices throughout the school day. The goal of SWITCH is to
Switch UP to 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day.
Switch DOWN to 2 hours or less of screen time (TV, internet, video games, computer) a day.
Switch UP to 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
SWITCH launches school-wide on Monday, February 6th and runs for 12 weeks. The classroom serves as the "hub" where students can track School Switches (in the gym, cafeteria, classroom, playground, or anywhere!) on the classroom Switch Poster. It is also where students receive a Switch Trinket every week to remind and encourage them to make healthy choices. More information about this is provided in the Switch Kit Teacher's Guide.
Teachers play a significant role in SWITCH. Research has shown that highly engaged teachers are very successful in influencing student participation in SWITCH. In fact, next to parents, teachers are some of the most important role models in kids' lives! How awesome is that?