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Motivating Adolescents with Technology to CHOOSE Health (MATCH)

Core Elements

1.    MATCH School Coordinator: This position, often referred to as a “champion,” is essential to success at any school. A physical educator or science teacher typically serves as the coordinator, since MATCH follows a “Body Systems” approach. The School Coordinator receives training to perform responsibilities of school setup and managing data collection and entry for evaluation purposes. The School Coordinator also provides an overview (12-minute video) and brief training to 7th grade team members during a team planning period.

2.    Kick-Off Interdisciplinary Unit: The MATCH Kick-Off creates a school-wide focus on wellness that is student-centered. Baseline data is collected; this data is used by students in subsequent lessons and activities. Subject-matter teachers teach 2-3 lessons of key wellness concepts in their disciplines during the Kick-Off Unit (normally 2-3 weeks) that are reinforced across the subsequent MATCH lessons

a.    Lessons: Lessons are designed to build a foundation of wellness knowledge in students for making good decisions. Selected titles and subject areas include “What is Obesity?” (Science), “What Does the Obesity Epidemic Look Like?” (Math), “How Toxic is Sugar?”(Social Studies), “Calculating Body Mass Index” (Math), and “Re-Think Your Drink” (Language Arts).

b.    Sleeping, Eating, Activity and Technology (SEAT) Online Survey: Students complete the pre-SEAT Survey to assess key health behaviors. The survey also has questions to identify students being bullied. Real-time access to behavioral data by school administrators provides an immediate environmental scan of their schools.

c.    Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Technology Survey (PANT) Online Survey: The PANT Survey is a student self-assessment of 20 behaviors identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to childhood obesity. Students identify strengths and areas to be improved and develop strategies to use through reflective journals. Optimally, the PANT survey is repeated, with at least 30 days in between, requiring the student to re-evaluate their performance on identified areas and adjust strategies as necessary.

d.   Body Mass Index (BMI) Lesson & Goal Sheet: Following lessons explaining the etiology of obesity and associated consequences, students are taught to compute BMI and manipulate the BMI formula in Math. Students then compute their own BMIs and graph them on sex-specific growth charts.

e.   Fitness Test: The MATCH Fitness Test uses four tests to evaluate components of physical fitness: aerobic endurance (20m PACER); shoulder and abdominal endurance (modified pull-ups and bent-knee sit ups) and low-back flexibility (sit and reach).  Most components are included in the FitnessGram, a widely-used approach for assessing students’ physical fitness. Data is entered into the data management system for tracking and creation of motivational leaderboards for recognition.

f.   S.M.A.R.T. Goals & Action Plan: The culmination of the Kick-Off unit is students using their data to write S.M.A.R.T. (i.e., specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) goals and to develop a personalized Action Plan as primary focus throughout the course of MATCH.

3.    Core Lessons and Quizzes: Lessons and activities are classified as Core (included in the Student Workbook) and Supplemental (available in PDF format from the Online Curriculum Index). Core Lessons follow an intentional progression using a “Body Systems” approach as the framework (i.e., digestive/nutrition, cardiovascular/physical activity, endocrine, and respiratory systems). Most Core Lessons are in PowerPoint format.  These Core Lessons have quizzes in detachable sheets from the Student Workbook that serve as formative assessments. 

4.    Student Workbook and Dashboard: The MATCH Student Workbook includes Cornell Notes sheets, that correspond to each Core Lesson with a PowerPoint, journal entries, quizzes, and other activities that support the application of knowledge and skills. The Workbook is also a time-saver that eliminates the need for photocopying and collating lesson materials. Additionally, the Workbook provides non-fiction instructional passages and documents from the USDA, American Heart Association, and North Carolina Division of Public Health that are used in lessons or can be shared with family members by students.

The Student Workbook provides physical activity logs that can be entered online through the Student Dashboard. Using the Student Dashboard, students can access their “My Trophy Case” to view badges earned for reaching PA and nutrition goals and learn how to earn badges for reaching other performance indicators for healthy behaviors. Students can view table and graph results in specific “pods” or groups of key performance indicators (e.g., number and results from PACER tests). Leaderboards for Fitness Tests, PACER Clubs, and Mileage Clubs allow all students to achieve success and receive peer recognition for positive performances.

5.   Monitoring and Follow-up: The MATCH School Coordinator is responsible for tracking the number and sequence of lessons taught using the online Curriculum Management System in order to monitor MATCH implementation at the school. Repeated completion of the online PANT survey throughout MATCH implementation enables students to monitor personal behavior change and achievement of goals. Upon completion of the MATCH curriculum, a post-SEAT survey is administered to all students. Follow-up fitness testing is also done and height and weight measurements are collected, which allow for documentation and evaluation of changes in fitness, BMI and health behaviors in all students