MATCH, Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose Health, is a teacher-developed interdisciplinary approach to student wellness combining physical activity, nutrition, and technology education. A "body systems" approach is used as a framework for the curriculum. MATCH lessons are delivered over a 16-week period and are designed to parallel the 7th Grade North Carolina Standard Course of Study and Essential Standards. The program also meets Common Core curricular standards and builds 21st Century Learning principles. Lessons are designed to improve performance on End of Grade Reading, Math, Writing, and Computer Skills Tests and provide wellness benefits.
Mr. Tim Hardison, a former middle-school science teacher, developed MATCH and now serves as program director for MATCH through the PHWRTC. Mr. Hardison works closely with Dr. Suzanne Lazorick, a PHWRTC pediatrician and obesity researcher, to implement and evaluate the program. Current funding for the program is provided by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. To learn more, visit the MATCH website or contact Tim Hardison.