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Motivating Adolescents with Technology to CHOOSE Health (MATCH)

Intent of the Intervention

Motivating Adolescents with Technology to CHOOSE Health (MATCH) is a research-tested intervention designed to improve nutrition, physical activity (PA), and overall health in seventh grade students using a combined educational-behavioral approach. The approach integrates an interdisciplinary curriculum of wellness-themed lessons with individual skill-building, tasks, and motivational strategies for making positive health choices and behaviors.

MATCH addresses several levels of the socio-ecologic model: (1) individual through educational materials and instruction along with individualized behavioral modification, (2) interpersonal through interactions, activities, and observational learning with peers and teachers, (3) organizational (school) through classroom instruction, activities, and monitoring, and (4) family and community influences through children sharing knowledge and positive changes in dietary and PA habits with their families.

MATCH is currently operating in partnership with the Pediatric Healthy Weight Treatment and Research Center, Brody School of Medicine, at East Carolina University.