Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Reducing Screen Time
Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Setting: School (Learn)
Target Audience: Students in Middle School
- MATCH Software/Data Management System
- MATCH lessons/activities
- Student workbook containing MATCH Core lessons
- Pre- and post- measurements of heights and weights, fitness testing and student-assessed lifestyle habits
- MATCH incentives including pens, drawstring bags, water bottles, and pedometers
- Scales and stadiometers
Any school that has 7th graders is eligible to participate in MATCH.
MATCH has made several enhancements to better support remote instruction and delivery. The resources include:
- MyActionPlan– Assists students to analyze their baseline data of health behaviors, BMI status, and Aerobic Fitness classification to develop MySMARTGoals. Based upon multiple evidence-based health behavioral change theories, algorithms developed specifically using Motivational Interviewing principles educate students and allow them to select health behaviors they choose to improve. Progress toward MySMART Goals are tracked and supported throughout the implementation to result in positive behavior change.
- MyQuizzes– MATCH Lesson Quizzes can now be taken online to evaluate instructional effectiveness remotely. Quizzes are automatically graded and recorded in MyGradebook from their teacher’s login.
- MyMeasures-MATCH now offers a “self-reported” option for remotely entering baseline data such as heights and weights, and Aerobic Fitness measures (PACER) for students not able to participate in baseline data collection in regular school implementation.
Additional MATCH scientific and press publications can be found at this website.
Evidence-based Approach: Research-tested
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Environmental Settings||ST7||LT7, LT8, LT9|
|Sectors of Influence||ST8|
- MT1g: 62% of participants reported drinking water at least once per day post-intervention
- MT1h: 7% of participants reported drinking sugar-sweetened beverages 1 time per week or less post-intervention
- MT1i: 75% of participants reported consuming low or fat-free milk products yesterday or this week
- MT1k: 45% of participants reported eating fewer snacks and sweets per week
- MT3j: 67% of participants improved aerobic fitness as measured by the PACER test
- ST7: Partnerships with 72 participating schools in North Carolina as of the 2019-20 school year
- LT7: The MATCH program has been recognized as a North Carolina best practice and showcased at an annual national SNAP-Ed conference. The program has also been a two-time winner of the Regional Engagement Scholarship/W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award.
- LT9b: $1.5 Million in funds from Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Healthy Blue to support program expansion.
- ST8: MATCH is being implemented in Cumberland County Schools as part of the Cumberland County Next Gen Health Care Sector Partnership to address obesity prevention. The Next Gen Health Care Sector Partnership has 69 partners in 6 diverse sectors.
- 6 sectors: Healthcare, Economic Development, Workforce Development, Education, Government, Military.
- 38 healthcare partner agencies, 2 economic development partner agencies, 1 workforce development partner agency, 5 education partner agencies, 20 government partner agencies, 3 military partner agencies. Roles vary by sector, agency and industry need.
- R9b: 61% of overweight participants decreased their weight status post-intervention
Tim Hardison – Founder/President
*Updated as of August 9, 2023