- Wellness Policy Tool
- CDC Has a New Adolescent and School Health Website
- New CDC Learning Connection Spotlight Focuses on Teen Health
- Prevent Brain Injury from Sports
- SD Healthy Concessions Project
- Promote Healthy Oral Care Habits

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.
To find out more click here.

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.

May 2011