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- Center of Disease Control Staff Visit Mitchell and White River Schools
- Presentation Materials are Available for the School Health Guidelines
- Check Out the 2012 Children in Nature Backpack Grants




Center of Disease Control Staff Visit Mitchell and White River Schools

The Department of Education receives funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support Coordinated School Health. Recently, CDC staff traveled to South Dakota to see the school health project in action, meeting with the Mitchell and White River School Districts, two of seven schools participating in the Building Healthy Schools Project.

CDC observed health and physical education classrooms, met with school health council members, and visited with administrative staff and students regarding their progress with addressing school health issues. CDC staff members were impressed by both of the districts success related to school health policy and program implementation. Find more detail about the Mitchell and White River projects and their visits with CDC in the success stories at the end of the newsletter.

For more information about Coordinated School Health and the Building Healthy Schools Project go to www.healthyschools.sd.gov.





Presentation Materials are Available for the School Health Guidelines

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Schools can help students adopt healthy behaviors that are key to preventing obesity by implementing CDC’s new school health guidelines. Presentation materials are available to help you promote and implement healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices for students. Please share this information with others interested in improving public health practice through evidence-based strategies.






Check Out the 2012 Children in Nature Backpack Grants

Kids who play outside know more about nature, do better in school, have higher self-esteem, and are healthier, physically and mentally. To help increase the amount of time children spend being active outdoors, the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the South Dakota Department of Health are teaming up to award Children in Nature backpacks to after-school and out-of-school programs in South Dakota. They're each filled with a variety of items such as bug boxes, fishing poles, outdoor games and more to encourage daily outdoor activity. And it's a grant, which means that they're free! To learn more or to apply online, visit www.gfp.sd.gov. Applications are due Dec. 15, 2011.







Dec. 2011