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We Can! – Workshop July 12-13, 2011

The We Can! program (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute will be offering a 15 hour workshop for 2-5 member teams on July 12-13 in Chamberlain. Schools, after school programs, and child feeding agencies can receive extensive free curriculum.

• SPARKS –(evidence-based Physical Education, for After School, Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health programs)
• S.M.A.R.T.(Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television)
• Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!
• CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health)

Teams, made up of school representatives, parent, community agency representative, will have the opportunity to write for an additional $2000 grant to evaluate their site’s nutrition environment and make changes to create a healthier nutrition and physical activity environment in their community at the workshop. All expenses will be paid for up to 5 team members. Participating teams must sponsor two activities in the next year as proof of implementation. The mini-grant funds can be used to conduct training for other staff members, plan curriculum implementation using stipends for summer hours, assess the nutrition environment and plan changes.

For information about Team Nutrition, Training Activities and Grants contact Mary C. Kirk - Team Nutrition Coordinator, 605-773-4718 or Karlys Wells - Extension Assistant, 605-688-4039.




Get Involved in South Dakota’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program (FPPV) is working to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices and a variety of fruits and vegetables for children to experience. Children will increase concomption in fruits and vegetables. That in turn will impact children’s present and future health. Schools that participate must be an elementary school and opperate a National School Lunch Program.


Rate the Quality of Physical Education Programs

Quality Physical Education Programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. Physical education programs can only provide these benefits if they are well-planned and well-implemented.

The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) will help school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of written physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards. The PECAT is customizable to include local standards. The results from the analysis can help school districts enhance existing curricula, develop their own curricula, or select a published curriculum, for the delivery of quality physical education in schools. Click here for a copy of the PE Standards and the PECAT.




Teach Youth about Tobacco Prevention with an Online Game

Round 2 of the Name Your Poisons contest, an online game at RethinkTobacco.com, is in full swing. The game, designed to make South Dakota youth aware of the dangers associated with smoking and the use of other tobacco products, launched April 5. After the first weekend of game play, 27 entries were already recorded. To play the game, South Dakota middle and high school students search the site to find seven hidden icons. This round features special appearances from "Ratzie" who has come back to life as a fast talking tobacco executive. The grand prize is an 8 GB iPod touch provided by the South Dakota Tobacco Free Kids Network.

The game is open to anyone, but only South Dakota middle or high school students are eligible to win. The game ends May 31. More information can be found at www.RethinkTobacco.com




Move More…Outdoors! Healthy Challenge

It is time to spring into action with another Healthy Challenge—Move More…Outdoors! This challenge encourages all to be physically active whether outdoors or indoors and will count minutes of physical activity. The Move More…Outdoors! Challenge will be held May 14-June 30. Join the challenge competition as individuals or as a team of family, friends, neighbors or co-workers. It is fun to have multiple teams from the same worksite or community for a little friendly competition. Communities with the highest participation will be recognized. Sign-up begins now by clicking on the link in the story at www.HealthySD.gov. The Challenge is all web-based and each participant needs their own email address to participate.

To encourage participation, participants will receive a Healthy SD pedometer to help track the increase in physical activity! At the end of the challenge, 10 randomly selected participants will also receive a heart monitor.




Immunization Schedules for Pre-Teens and Teens

The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all 11 and 12 year olds get the Tdap and meningococcal vaccines, as well as an influenza ("flu") shot. The Tdap and meningococcal vaccines are each given as single doses. Flu shots should be given each year. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series of 3 shots given over 6 months is recommended for 11 and 12 year old girls and is also available for boys. Pre-teens can receive doses of all of these vaccines during their 11 or 12 year old check up. If a child did not get vaccinated at age 11 or 12, ask the child’s doctor about getting the vaccines now. Check with the doctor to make sure the child was fully vaccinated with all recommended doses. Click here for CDC recommended vaccination schedules for all ages.




New Policies Affect School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released two new policies to implement changes from the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (also known as child nutrition reauthorization). These policies affect only School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. These policies and all other USDA policies can be found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/policy.htm.

1. Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk requires that a variety of fluid milk be served consistent with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans. School food authorities must offer at least two choices from the following:
Fat-free milk, Low-fat (1%) milk, Fat-free or low-fat lactose reduced milk, Fat-free or low-fat lactose-free milk, Fat-free or low-fat buttermilk, and Fat-free or low-fat acidified milk.
Such products must be pasteurized fluid milk that meets state and local standards.

2. Water Availability During National School Lunch Program Meal Service requires schools participating in the NSLP to make potable water available to children at no charge in the place where lunch meals are served during the meal service. There are a variety of ways that schools can implement this requirement. For example, schools can offer water pitchers and cups on lunch tables, a water fountain, or a faucet that allows students to fill their own bottles or cups with drinking water. Whatever solution is chosen, the water must be available without restriction in the location where meals are served. Schools should be working toward developing a reasonable method to implement this requirement.

USDA understands that some food service areas and/or procedures may require significant changes to properly incorporate these provisions. They also recognize the range of complexities that may be involved in a school’s ability to implement this provision. Therefore, USDA encourages schools to comply with this requirement as soon as possible, but not later than the beginning of School Year 2011-12.




Upcoming Events

Let's Move in School

Let’s Move in School is the theme of the 2011 National Physical Education and Sport Week, May 1-7. Each year National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) develops activities for teachers and students to do during National Physical Education and Sport Week, May 1-7. NASPE leaders and staff encourage all K-12 physical education teachers to take advantage of these wonderful resources to showcase the quality sport and physical education programs in your school and community. Access new daily activity lesson plans and sample menu of activities.




Life Skills Curriculum Training - June 1-2, 2011

Life Skills Training curriculum is a comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally appropriate substance abuse and violence prevention program designed for upper elementary, middle school, and high school students. This highly effective curriculum has been proven to help increase self-esteem, develop healthy attitudes, and improve student knowledge of essential life skills – all of which promote healthy and positive personal development. Click on the flyer below for more information and to download the registration sheet.




School Height Weight Data Collection - Submit Data by June 15!

Many schools have already submitted their 2010-2011 height and weight data, but there is still time for schools to participate! The South Dakota Department of Health and the Department of Education ask schools to submit student height and weight data for kindergarten, elementary middle and high school students. The voluntary program to track state, regional and local level childhood obesity in South Dakota has been underway since 1998. Schools have found the data useful for documenting need in grant proposals and tracking progress over time. Below are resources that are useful for collecting and submitting data:

• Instructions for Using Infinite Campus to Submit Data
• Data Collection Form
• Instruction Sheet
• Sample Letter to Parents Regarding Screening




We Can! – Workshop July 12-13, 2011

The We Can! program (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute will be offering a 15 hour workshop for 2-5 member teams on July 12-13 in Chamberlain. Schools, after school programs, and child feeding agencies can receive extensive free curriculum.

• SPARKS –(evidence-based Physical Education, for After School, Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health programs)
• S.M.A.R.T.(Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television)
• Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!
• CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health)

Teams, made up of school representatives, parent, community agency representative, will have the opportunity to write for an additional $2000 grant to evaluate their site’s nutrition environment and make changes to create a healthier nutrition and physical activity environment in their community at the workshop. All expenses will be paid for up to 5 team members. Participating teams must sponsor two activities in the next year as proof of implementation. The mini-grant funds can be used to conduct training for other staff members, plan curriculum implementation using stipends for summer hours, assess the nutrition environment and plan changes.

For information about Team Nutrition, Training Activities and Grants contact Mary C. Kirk - Team Nutrition Coordinator, 605-773-4718 or Karlys Wells - Extension Assistant, 605-688-4039.




Funding




Summer Fun with Food and Fitness

Nutrition education and physical activity can continue into the summer at your site with a Summer Fun with Food and Fitness Mini-grant from DOE CANS Team Nutrition. Programs such as summer school, summer feeding sites, after-school programs, and child care settings can access up to $1000 for a variety of educational activities. Any location that uses National School Lunch funds and enrolls in Team Nutrition can apply for funds for curriculum, food, incentives, toys/tools, plants, etc. Due date is May 20 so don’t delay! Easy two page application.




Health Impact Project Offers New Funding Opportunity

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is accepting brief proposals through June 1, 2011 for grants to conduct Health Impact Assessments (HIA). The funding will enable awardees to develop an HIA, which is a study that can help policy makers and community members identify and address the potential, and often-overlooked, health implications of proposed policies and projects in a broad range of sectors, such as agriculture, energy, transportation and development.

The Health Impact Project will fund up to eight HIAs to identify how policy proposals will impact health at the local, tribal or state levels. Grants will range from $25,000 to $125,000 and will support government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.

Go to www.healthimpactproject.org to learn more.




Wellmark is looking for Healthy Community Projects

2011 Healthy Communities Grant Program — Level II
Applications due August 22, 2011

The Wellmark Foundation is a non-profit foundation that seeks to improve the health of Iowans, South Dakotans, and their communities. The Foundation provides support to non-profit organizations and public entities to help local communities establish or expand health initiatives. If you have a vision for a healthier community, explore opportunities with The Wellmark Foundation. Funding is limited to Iowa and South Dakota-based projects and organizations.

Current funding priorities of the Foundation focus on prevention with these two specific areas: 1) childhood obesity prevention and 2) community-based wellness and prevention. Click here for more information.




Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant Application due May 13, 2011

The purpose of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant is to help local educational agencies (LEA) and Community Based Organizations (CBO) initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs that help students in kindergarten through 12th grade meet their state standards for physical education.

The absolute priority for this program requires that an applicant propose a program that will address its state’s physical education standards and develop, expand, or improve its physical education program for kindergarten through grade 12 students by undertaking instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition and at least one of the authorized physical fitness activities.

Preference priority will be given to applicants that agree to implement aggregate BMI data collection and use it as part of a comprehensive assessment of health and fitness for the purposes of monitoring the weight status of their student population across time.

Competitive preference priority will be given to an applicant that includes in its application an agreement that details the participation of required partners.

Application Deadline Date: May 13, 2011




Resources

Wellness Policy Tool Check out this Action for Healthy Kids website to help form a policy development team. Learn the steps to enlist people to help draft, implement, and evaluate a policy. The federal legislation stipulates that a variety of people are involved. The Wellness Policy development process should be a coordinated effort.




New Adolescent and School Health Website

Visit CDC's new Adolescent and School Health website at www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth! Some of the enhanced features of the site include:

• Updated information on adolescent health, including a new section on protective factors
• An enhanced home page
• A calendar of adolescent and school health events
• A left navigation bar to make the site easier to use and help users find information they need
• Interactive menus and widgets for Youth Online, where you can select, view, and analyze data about youth risk behaviors
• New landing pages for school health, tools and training resources, health topics, and national, state, and local programs
• Individualized pages for different visitors: parents and teachers
• Funded Partner Success Stories highlighted throughout the site

Notice that some sections have been updated with new content and a new design. Other sections are still being updated and will be released soon. Check back often as the site will be updated over the coming months.




New CDC Learning Connection Spotlight Focuses on Teen Health

The CDC has released its third “Learning Connection Spotlight,” which focuses on teen health. The learning products and resources help promote safe and nurturing environments for teens to become healthy, productive adults. They include information on: bullying prevention; creating an asthma-friendly school; teen dating violence prevention; tobacco use prevention; electronic aggression; health and academic achievement; and healthy eating. In addition, this “Learning Connection Spotlight” includes links to several training and learning resources.




Prevent Brain Injury from Sports

Brain injury is the leading cause of sports- and recreation-related death. It is essential that all participants wear protective gear specific for their sport. Simple precautions can significantly reduce a child’s risk while participating in sports-related activities. For many downloadable tools and tips to keep students safe in sports and on the playground click here.




SD Healthy Concessions Project

Using federal grant money through the ‘Communities Putting Prevention to Work’ or CPPW initiative, the South Dakota Department of Health developed a model ‘healthy concessions’ policy and is currently piloting the project with non-school youth sport organizations that serve concessions. Concessions stands or c-stands are typically a common venue for ‘easy access’ to unhealthy foods and beverages for youth and families, the goal of the policy is to have significant impact in reaching a large number of youth, families, and spectators with messages of healthier food and beverage choices.

As well as recommending healthier options to sell at concession stands using a ‘Green Light, Yellow Light, Red Light’ categorization of foods and beverages, the model policy addresses barriers to selling healthier items such as availability, storage, profitability, education of staff, and marketing of the healthier choices.

An anticipated highlight of the model healthy concessions policy project will be showcasing the ‘policy in action’ at the state Hershey Track Meet June 2011 in Pierre. The event will draw over 600 athletes and families and will provide an opportunity to promote healthier food and beverages and promote the model healthy concessions policy to a wide audience.

Once the model policy has been piloted with non-school youth sport organizations, the goal is to expand into other concession venues such as schools, parks and recreation, city pools, water parks, and other youth-serving venues. For more information, or to request a policy booklet, please contact Beth Davis at DOH.INFO@state.sd.us or download a copy at http://www.healthysd.gov/Communities/.




Promote Healthy Oral Care Habits

Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures has a simple, easy to read brochure that you can reprint, along with numerous resources. http://www.colgate.com/app/BrightSmilesBrightFutures/US/EN/OHE/Online_Articles/PregnancyThroughToddlerYears.cvsp




Success Stories

Unfiltered Reality Group Educates Leaders

Unfiltered Reality, a youth group from Mitchell School District, did a presentation called Sweet Deceptions at the 2011 Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute. Participants were surprised to learn how the tobacco industry is advertising to children. Products are wrapped similar to candy wrappers, cell phones, chap sticks and hand gels. Information was shared about smoking alternatives and the health hazards involved.




Hawthorne Elementary School in Sioux Falls Has Healthier Children

Hawthorne Elementary is involved with the FFVP (Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program) and it has “made our children healthier,” says Cheryl Larson, Principal of Hawthorn Elementary. Not only do they have the FFVP program, but Cheryl Larson also has a partnership with Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls that has donated funds to provide an extra daily serving of milk for their students. Cheryl says, “I believe that the daily snack of fresh fruit or vegetables has provided a positive nutritional impact on their students’ health and wellness.” She also notes that achievement scores have been rising over the past three years.




Colman-Egan School to Sponsor Health Extravaganza

The Colman-Egan School held a Health Extravaganza on Wednesday, April 13 at the Colman-Egan School. The event was held as part of the grant awards from South Dakota Department of Education Team Nutrition and FUTP60/Midwest Dairy. The day featured a motivational wellness speaker, taste testing challenges, food sampling, informational health booths, physical activities and much more. Area college athletes assisted at the event.

Guest speaker, Tonya Schoenfelder, spoke during the health extravaganza. Tonya brought a unique and innovative approach to enhancing life balance and improving one's health. She combined a master’s degree in exercise physiology with 18 years experience creating hands-on stress management and wellness programs for kindergartners to adults. In the past year alone, she inspired over 4,000 people to create positive changes in their lives through wellness. She spoke to students, staff, parents and community members in four different sessions.

The Move & Crunch Grant focuses on a food tasting challenge between students and staff. All foods tasted during the challenge were a “South of the Border” theme. Foods used for the challenge were tomatoes, onions, and a variety of peppers, cucumbers, mangoes, avocados, corn, lemons, a variety of beans, and more. The Family Nutrition Adventure Grant was written for students and parents. Midwest Dairy Grant was written for physical education equipment, physical activities and incentives that were given away during the day. The focus on whole grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables was carried out throughout day.