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For Immediate Release: March 3, 2006
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Competition to recognize healthy schools

Gov. Mike Rounds challenges South Dakota public schools to compete for a Governor’s Healthy School Award in the 3rd annual competition. Winners receive a $5,000 award.

“Obesity continues to be an issue for young people around the country and here in South Dakota,” said Gov. Rounds. “We know that healthy students learn better, and this program recognizes schools that actively try to improve their students’ health.”

Winners will be selected in four categories: elementary school, middle school/junior high, high school, and school district. The top candidate in each category will receive $5,000 and a Healthy School banner.

Schools will be judged on eight key components, including: health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling/psychological and social services, healthy school environment, health promotion for staff, and parent/community involvement.

Requests for applications (see below) must be made by public school superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals or assistant principals. The deadline for submitting applications is May 1.

For more information, call the Coordinated School Health Program at (605) 773-3261. –30–

Click here to download an application.