The School Wellness Initiative for Thriving Community Health, SWITCH, is a movement dedicated to supporting and advancing wellness efforts for Massachusetts students, schools and communities.
In 2019, the Massachusetts School Wellness Needs Assessment was conducted to identify best practices and challenges across the Commonwealth. The research-based needs assessment now serves as Massachusetts’ school wellness playbook to inform statewide initiatives in support of school wellness. To fulfill the vision of SWITCH and to create a school wellness environment that supports the whole child, Massachusetts has launched three statewide initiatives.
A hub for school wellness resources to support and strengthen wellness efforts in Massachusetts schools. The SWITCH website is your go-to resource for statewide school wellness initiatives, What’s Up with Wellness?, News You Can Use!, and audience-specific resources to promote school wellness success. Explore SWITCH Resources for each of
the following audiences:
• School Nutrition Professionals
• School Health Services
Massachusetts School Wellness Coaching Program
Piloted in school year 2020-2021, this program is designed to strengthen local school wellness policies and wellness initiatives among districts through individualized support and guidance from a dedicated school wellness coach. Applications are available in May for the following school year.
Offered by Framingham State University
One-credit graduate courses offered at a reduced cost to school professionals
to advance school wellness in Massachusetts.