December 2017- The Center for Digital Education's Converge magazine writes story on MATCH Program Director and Creator, Tim Hardison. Read the full article here
What is MATCH Wellness?
MATCH Wellness is an interdisciplinary approach to wellness, empowering adolescents to make healthy choices. Focusing on nutrition education and increasing physical activity, MATCH Wellness produces sustainable improvement in weight status years later.
MATCH Wellness - The Solution.
MATCH Wellness meets educational objectives and needs of our teachers and administrators, without creating "more work", while achieving wellness outcomes in students, creating a win, win for all.
More than just a curriculum.
MATCH Wellness is not only a behavior modification program that engages students to become healthier, but a Data Management System, key to ensuring fidelity and providing all stakeholders with real-time data for decision-making.
Benefits and Features
MATCH Wellness is designed to benefit students, teachers and key stakeholders in the childhood obesity epidemic.
Students get and stay engaged in healthy choices through MATCH Wellness
Earn badges for healthy choices
Rewards for physical activity and improvement
Friendly competitive environment
Empowerment of choices
Heightened awareness of choices
Turnkey lessons to support your teaching style
MATCH Wellness workbooks for each student
Curriculum aligned with standards
Lessons support state/national testing goals
Easy to use system for data collection and reporting
Childhood Obesity Stakeholders
Stakeholders want effective use of funding and accountability for results
Deliver long-term statistically significant results on childhood obesity
Tiered accountability model to drive results
Engagement of education at state and local levels
Proven successful in low-resourced environments
Track student health, behaviors and trends over time
Robin G. Cummings, M.D.
Former State of North Carolina Deputy Secretary for Medicaid and Interim State Health Director
"The consistent measured outcomes with decreases in weight status among young adolescents after MATCH participation, and the sustained improvements into the high school years, suggest powerful potential of the program to improve health and reduce healthcare costs."
"After review of various strategies to address obesity from broad-based environmental and policy change to more focused interventions, my staff and I are most impressed by what you (Dr. Lazorick) and Tim Hardison have accomplished with the MATCH program over the last eight years.The consistent measured outcomes with decreases in weight status among young adolescents after MATCH participation, and the sustained improvements into the high school years, suggest powerful potential of the program to improve health and reduce healthcare costs. In order to save costs over time, interventions for obesity need to result in sustained changes so individuals can move down to the Healthy Weight category, or be prevented from moving up into the Overweight or Obese categories. This is where MATCH results stand out in the two, long-term follow up studies that demonstrate smaller proportion of participants in the Overweight category at age 16-17 years compared to control or comparison groups. Such changes into late adolescent years are much more likely to result in Healthy Weight adulthood where substantial cost savings can continue."
Rear Admiral Penelope Slade-Sawyer
"MATCH has demonstrated effect on improving weight status of participants into the High School years, notably the only school-based intervention with such sustained effectiveness."
"…I believe that to have any meaningful impact on obesity, effective approaches must be population-based. The schools are the natural setting to reach a large number of children and influence the next generation. Due to the lag time and expense of conducting large population based trials, as a state and nation we can wait no longer before we move forward with promising practices. In the schools, evidence informed approaches that fit within the curriculum while requiring limited additional resources are worthy of implementation on a large-scale.MATCH has demonstrated effect on improving weight status of participants into the High School years, notably the only school-based intervention with such sustained effectiveness. Given the lessons are aligned with the school’s curriculum and incorporate the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the program is appropriate for broad dissemination. Well-designed innovations such as MATCH represent the progress that has occurred in the obesity field as theories are put into practice and the evidence base grows."
Alice Ammerman DrPH
Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Professor, Department of Nutrition Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Based upon the detailed assessments and overall ratings by the two expert reviewers, MATCH met the established review criteria for research-tested interventions."
"MATCH was reviewed and approved for dissemination as a research-tested intervention. According to Center TRT criteria, research tested meets the following criteria: 1. the intervention’s efficacy/effectiveness has been tested in one or more research studies; 2. there is clear advance intent to contribute to generalizable knowledge within scientific protocol; 3. findings have been published in the peer reviewed literature. The review process assessed the quality of methods used in MATCH to test effects on the targeted outcomes, MATCH’s potential for public health impact (i.e., effectiveness, reach, adoption, implementation, and maintenance), and its readiness for dissemination.Based upon the detailed assessments and overall ratings by the two expert reviewers, MATCH met the established review criteria for research-tested interventions."
Former Director of Strategic Partnerships The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
"The students impacted by MATCH live in areas of our state with the highest poverty and greatest health disparity, and most obesogenic environments. From our perspective, success here translates to success anywhere…"
"Looking across school-based programs in North Carolina and the nation, we had never seen results as strong as MATCH and as a Foundation, had tended to shy away from investing in school-based programs due to lack of return on investment. With MATCH, results have been consistently strong as the program expanded.
"Because MATCH integrated with what was then the NC Standard Course of Study and is now Common Core, and even more so because of the strong health outcomes produced in the pilot, The BCBSNC Foundation continued to invest in MATCH, expanding its scope and communicating with other funders (Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina and Fullerton Foundation in South Carolina) to grow the program.
The students impacted by MATCH live in areas of our state with the highest poverty and greatest health disparity, and most obesogenic environments. From our perspective, success here translates to success anywhere."
Former Senior Program Officer
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
"The Trust (Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust) has made investment in MATCH for one key reason: it works... Few programs have demonstrated this level of results for the investment."
"The Trust (Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust) has made investment in MATCH for one key reason: it works. The data the Dr. Lazorick and Mr. Hardison have gathered and continue to track is clear. As a result of the MATCH intervention in select North Carolina middle schools, two key outcomes are being achieved.
1. Children are losing weight and become healthier. Children have moved from obese down to overweight and from overweight down to healthy weight within one school year.
2. The weight reductions and lifestyle changes are being maintained for years after the school children participate in the program.
Few programs have demonstrated this level of results for the investment."
Shellie Y. Pfohl, MS
Former Executive Director of the President Obama's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
"...it is very important when we find programs that work, that we figure out how we can replicate it."
Speaking of how foundations, non-profits, and governments should replicate implementation of MATCH’s evidence-based approach:
"...it is very important when we find programs that work, that we figure out how we can replicate it... down the street, in the next county, in the next state, or across the country."
- BCBSNC Foundation Annual Report, 2011.
Motivating Adolescents with Technology to CHOOSE Health!
A research tested, evidence based adolescent obesity reduction program consisting of structured curriculum, skill development and engaged learning.