Why MATCH Works

MATCH has won numerous awards and has had numerous articles published in standard medical journals.

MATCH Scientific Publications and Press

"Cumberland County Schools Aim to Get 7th-graders Up and Moving" | The Fayetteville Observer | May, 2019

"New Initiative for Middle Schoolers" | CBS 17 News | May, 2019

"Seventh Graders Learn to Count Calories" | Wilson Times | November, 2018

"MATCH Pilots in Yancey and Avery Counties, NC" | NC SECU Foundation | May, 2018

"North Carolina Teacher Merges Tech and Learning to Reduce Obesity," | Center for Digital Education | December 1, 2017

Southeastern Regional Winner of the 2017 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award | October 2017

Tim Hardison, Program Director, one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers, Center for Digital Education | October 2017

"A ripple and then a wave: Real People, real stories lead to change." - Brad Wilson, President and CEO of BCBSNC | February 8, 2017

"North Carolina Teacher Merges Tech and Learning to Reduce Obesity",The MATCH online health and wellness program developed by Tim Hardison is achieving unprecedented results in the battle against childhood obesity - Center for Digital Education, Jeff Dominguez, Dec. 1, 2017

Mcgrath Award Finalist Video: "MATCH Wellness Program- East Carolina University", by Cliff Hollis - (WATCH)

"Extraordinary Outreach", East Carolina selected as finalist for national community engagement award, ECU News Services | University Communication | June 16, 2016

"ECU Wins Regional Community Engagement Award", Lindsay Oliver | WITN Television | Greenville, NC | June 16, 2016

"Four APLU Universities Selected as Finalists for 2016 C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award", Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities | Washington, DC | June 15, 2016

"A Healthy MATCH - School wellness program stretches beyond N.C.", Cover story - EAST, The Magazine of East Carolina University, Winter 2016

"MATCH Video Supplement to Winter 2016 EAST Magazine Cover Story", by Cliff Hollis - MATCH Overview Video

"ECU Student Credits Weight Loss to MATCH Program", Zora Stephenson, WNCT Channel 9 TV, aired Oct. Aired Oct. 2, 2015, WNCT TV

Published July 2015"Empowering Youth- Childhood obesity no match for ECU program" (East Carolina University News Services)

NCIOM report on rural health action plan: Aug. 2014 Rural Health

"Grantee Helps Motivate Kids to Get Healthy", Robert Johnson Wood Foundation, Feb. 2012, View Press Release

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of NC, Annual Report, Dec. 2013

"Grant to Fund Health Program for Middle-School Students - Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust" View Jan. 2012 KBR News Release

The NC Health News, March 2012:View North Carolina Health News Article

Ross, B.K., Lazorick, S.L., Fang, X. MATCH- Motivating Adolescents with Technology to CHOOSE Health: Changes in BMI Outcomes and Self-Reported Health Behaviors following a School-Based Childhood Obesity Intervention in North Carolina . Platform presentation to the North Carolina Public Health Association Fall Educational Conference, September 2017, Asheville, NC.

Ross, B.K., Lazorick, S.L., Fang, X. Differences in Self-Reported Nutrition Behaviors Among Weight Categories with MATCH. Platform presentation to the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, May 2017, San Francisco, CA.

Ross, B.K., Lazorick, S., Fang, X. , Variation in Nutrition and Physical Activity Behaviors in Large Number of 7th Graders across 31 Schools: The MATCH Intervention. Poster presented at The Obesity Society Meeting, November 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Ross, B.K., Lazorick, S., Fang, X. Baseline Stage of Change Scores prior to a School-Based Childhood Obesity Intervention. Poster presented at The Obesity Society Meeting, November 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Purswani, P., Fang, X., Hardison, G.T., Lazorick, S. Effect of the MATCH Intervention for Obesity in 7th Grade on Stage of Change for Lifestyle Behaviors. Poster presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, San Diego, CA. April 2015.

Lazorick, S., Fang, X., Hardison, G.T., Crawford, Y., Needell, L., Barnett, A. Lifestyle behavior changes after 4 years in adolescents in the MATCH intervention compared to control. Platform presentation to The Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, May 2014, Vancouver, BC

Lazorick S., Hardison, G.T., Fang, X., Crawford, Y. Decreased cardiometabolic risk after 4 years in overweight adolescents in the MATCH intervention compared to control. Platform presentation to The Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, May 2014, Vancouver, BC

Lazorick S., Hardison, G.T., Fang, X., Crawford, Y. *Burr, V., *Moore, V. Expansion of the MATCH intervention for obesity to 7 middle schools in rural NC. Platform presentation at the PAS meeting for May 2012, Boston, MA.

Lazorick, S, Hardison GT, Esserman D, Perrin EM. Sustained Body Mass Index Changes at 1 and 2 years from a school-based wellness intervention in adolescents. Platform presentation for the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting, Vancouver, May 2010.

Lazorick, S, Hardison GT, Esserman D, Perrin EM. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose HEALTH- An effective school-based obesity intervention. Platform presentation at the 2009 meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting, Baltimore, MD. May 2009.

Lazorick, S, Hardison GT, Esserman D, Perrin EM. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose HEALTH- An effective school-based obesity intervention. Presentation at the 2009 meeting of the National Initiative for Childrens Healthcare Quality, Grapevine TX, 3/12/2009

Lazorick, S, Hardison GT, Esserman D, Perrin EM. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose HEALTH- An effective school-based obesity intervention. Presentation at the 2009 meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine, Los Angeles CA, 2/14/2009

Lazorick, S. MATCH- A school-based childhood obesity intervention with clinical results. Presented at the Rural Health Symposium, Eastern AHEC, Greenville, NC, November 17, 2017.

Hardison, G.T. Lazorick, S. MATCH- A school-based childhood obesity intervention with clinical results. Presented at the Taft ECDOI Seminar Series, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, October 4, 2017.

Hardison, G.T., Frazier, J., and Ross, B.K. MATCH Wellness, a 7 th grade interdisciplinary school-based childhood obesity intervention. Presented at the 2016 Jean Mills Symposium, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, February 5, 2016.

Lazorick S. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to CHOOSE Health, the MATCH program. Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program. Cary, NC, January 30, 2015.
Hardison G. Lazorick, S. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health- An Effective Educational Model as a Childhood Obesity Intervention. Spartanburg Obesity Summit, Spartanburg, SC. June 5, 2014

Hardison G. Lazorick, S. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health- An Effective Educational Model as a Childhood Obesity Intervention. Present to the office of Congressman Bobby Scott, 3rd Congressional District of Virginia, May 21, 2014.

Hardison G. Lazorick, S. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health- An Effective Educational Model as a Childhood Obesity Intervention. Presented to the office of Congressman Jim Clyburn, 6th Congressional District of South Carolina. Columbia, SC. April 29, 2014.

Hardison G. Lazorick, S. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health- An Effective Educational Model as a Childhood Obesity Intervention. Presented to Co-Chairs of the Education Oversite Committee, Raleigh, NC. April 8, 2014

Hardison G. Lazorick, S. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health- An Effective Educational Model as a Childhood Obesity Intervention. Presented to Senator Don Davis, Greenville, NC. February 26, 2014.

Hardison G. Lazorick, S. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health- An Effective Educational Model as a Childhood Obesity Intervention. Presented to Congressman G.K. Butterfield, 1st Congressional District, Wilson, NC. February 17, 2014.

Hardison G. Lazorick, S. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health- An Effective Educational Model as a Childhood Obesity Intervention. Present to NC Department of Public Instruction Representatives. Greenville, NC. February 4, 2014

Hardison G. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health- An Effective Educational Model as a Childhood Obesity Intervention. Presented to BCBSSC Foundation, Gaffney, SC. January 17, 2014.

Hardison G. Lazorick, S. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health- An Effective Educational Model as a Childhood Obesity Intervention, North Carolina Institute of Medicine Rural Task Force, Morrisville, NC January 8, 2014

Hardison G. Lazorick, S. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health- An Effective Educational Model as a Childhood Obesity Intervention. Presented to Senator Norman Sanderson, Greenville, NC. December 12, 2013.

Hardison G. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health- An Effective Educational Model as a Childhood Obesity Intervention, Northeast North Carolina Partnership for Public Health, Edenton, NC. September 26, 2013

Lazorick S. invited presentation at the quarterly meeting of the North Carolina Pediatric Society on ongoing strategies for childhood obesity in North Carolina; New Bern, NC, April 13, 2013

Hardison, G. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health- An Effective Educational Model as a Childhood Obesity Intervention. National School Board Administrators’ Conference, San Diego, CA, April 10, 2013.

Lazorick S. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health (MATCH)- Theory base and long-term outcomes of MATCH for obesity prevention in young adolescents. Jan 9, 2013 ECU Pediatrics grand rounds presentation, Greenville, NC.

Crawford, YS, Lazorick, S, Hardison, GT, Fang, X, Burr, V, Moore. V. Results from Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health (MATCH) in Six Rural Schools – A Promising School-based Childhood Obesity Intervention. NC Health Association Meeting, New Bern, NC. September, 2012.

Hardison, G. Lazorick S. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health- An Effective Educational Model as a Childhood Obesity Intervention. Lady Obama’s First Annual Mid-Atlantic Let’s Move Summit, Baltimore, MD. June 12, 2012

Lazorick S. Evaluation and Expansion of MATCH: a promising middle school-based wellness intervention. Invited presentation to the Metabolism Research Forum, ECU Diabetes and Obesity Institute, November 19, 2010. Greenville, NC.

Lazorick S. Hardison GT, Esserman D. Expansion of an effective school-based wellness intervention in adolescents. Abstract accepted for a poster presentation for The Obesity Society meeting, San Diego, CA, Oct 2010.

Lazorick, S, Hardison GT. Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose HEALTH- An effective school-based obesity intervention. Presentation at the 2009 Jean Mills Symposium, Greenville, NC. 2/6/2009

"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."

- Rear Admiral Penelope Slade - USPHS, Retired