Health Promotion for Staff: A Component of Coordinated School Health

Schools can provide opportunities for staff to improve their health status through activities such as health assessments, health education and health-related fitness activities. These opportunities encourage school staff to pursue a healthy lifestyle that contributes to their improved health status, improved morale, and a greater personal commitment to the school's overall coordinated health program. This personal commitment often transfers into greater commitment to the health of students and creates positive role modeling.

School Wellness Guide: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation's Schools (http://www.schoolempwell.org/) is a comprehensive guide that provides information, practical tools and resources for school employee wellness programs.

Team Nutrition Training Grant Funded

The South Dakota Department of Education, Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS) received a two year Team Nutrition Training Grant (2011-2013). CANS, Team Nutrition was awarded $289,628 in competitive funds and $34,595 in non-competitive grant funds.

The competitive funds will promote nutrition education to students, provide resources to parents, and provide technical assistance and training for school food service providers and communities participating in the National School Lunch Program and Child Care Food Programs.

The non-competitive funds will support states in their efforts to significantly increase the number of schools applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge. Schools interested in applying for the challenge will receive technical assistance from CANS in reviewing applications for accuracy and may be eligible for financial assistance with costs incurred to complete applications. Schools seeking assistance should check with CANS before beginning the application process. For more information contact Mary C. Kirk - Team Nutrition Coordinator, 605-773-4718 or Karlys Wells - Extension Assistant, 605-688-4039.

Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: Interim Report

An interim report of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is now available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/ora/MENU/Published/CNP/cnp.htm. As indicated in the report schools participating in FFVP for the 2011-2012 school years, the program increased student consumption of fruits and vegetables by about 15%, on average, as compared to consumption in non-FFVP schools. The final evaluation report, to be completed next year, will expand on this interim report by including detailed information on how the FFVP was implemented in a nationally-representative sample of schools.

Smarter Lunchrooms: Colorful Bowls Boost Healthy Eating

Cornell University research reveals that something as easy as putting fruit in a colorful bowl can increase fruit sales in lunchrooms by 104%. This is only one of the changes proposed through the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (BEN). Researchers analyzed multiple school lunchroom layouts that hindered student's selection of nutritious foods, and revamped them with changes that resulted in an increase in healthy food choices. To read more go to: http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=36230886&msgid=198559&act=5UWB&c=787115&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.smarterlunchrooms.org%2F

Upcoming Events

Fall Schedule Available for Tobacco Prevention Training

The South Dakota Tobacco Control Program offers tobacco prevention training provided by regional tobacco prevention coordinators statewide. Click here for more information about upcoming Teens Against Tobacco Use (T.A.T.U.) and Not on Tobacco (N-O-T) trainings offered by the Tobacco Control Program.

LifeSkills Training December 1-2, 2011

LifeSkills Training is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. Training will be available in Sioux Falls December 1-2, 2011.

For more information and to download the registration sheet, go to: http://www.doe.sd.gov/schoolhealth/newsinfused/11/sept/documents/LifeSkills.pdf


Garden to Table Mini Grants Available

Actively engage children in gardening, preparing and tasting fresh produce through this mini-grant opportunity! Up to $500 is available for a garden to table project at your school or agency. Applying techniques for extending the growing season is also encouraged. Evaluation of increasing student knowledge and awareness of fruits and vegetables through pre- and post-tests is emphasized. The mini-grant should be used to support interaction with others who grow produce for consumption such as farmers and produce growers, and create a farm to school partnership. A resource toolkit with lessons and tips will be provided.

Download instructions at: http://doe.sd.gov/cans/documents/G2Tinstru.pdf Download application at: http://doe.sd.gov/cans/documents/G2Tapplic.doc

Win $15,000 in Cash and $15,000 in Equipment from the Sports Authority!

Discovery Education, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and NASPE/AAHPERD challenge you to FIND YOUR BALANCE CHALLENGE (http://energybalance101.com/be-involved/classroom-challenge/). Designed to reward student teams for taking steps to achieving energy balance, the challenge's grand prize winning class will receive a $30,000 grant from Sports Authority, plus other great prizes! Two lucky second place schools will win $10,000 grants. The step-by-step toolbox (http://cl.exct.net/?ju=fe2617717c62077f7d1776&ls=fdc1157177610d7a771c727662&m=ff2e16777762&l=fe5a15777662057b7c10&s=fe2d15747267077f761679&jb=ffcf14&t=) provides simple instructions to help you get started. Register today at http://energybalance101.com/be-involved/classroom-challenge/ and share your vision for making your school a healthy place!


2010-11 Height and Weight Reports Available Height and weight data from the 2010-11 school years is now available. Click here (http://doh.sd.gov/SchoolWeight/) for the summary or the full report. School specific data has been sent to participating schools. With a new school year starting it is important that schools begin entering height and weight information on Infinite Campus.

State Program Highlights

The Program Development and Translation Team in CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) worked collaboratively with 805-funded state health departments to create State Program Highlights, a collection of current state activities related to DNPAO’s recommended strategies to prevent and control obesity and other chronic diseases through healthful eating and physical activity. These documents can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/stateprograms/highlights.html.

New Resources Available for Implementing CDC’s School Health Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) is pleased to announce the release of newly developed resources (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/presentation.htm) to help implement the School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/strategies.htm) (Guidelines), published in September 2011.

The public-use materials include:
• Implementing the Guidelines (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/pdf/presentationslides.pdf) presentation (with narrator notes and talking points for each slide; for use in meetings, continuing education programs, training of the trainers, and conferences)
• Facilitator’s Guide (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/pdf/facilitatorguide.pdf) for the presentation (including handouts and step-by-step instructions for delivering the presentation and implementing professional development activities)
• Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/pdf/faq.pdf) for the guidelines, presentation, and the facilitator’s guide
• Reference List (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/pdf/references.pdf) (providing scientific evidence for the information provided in the presentation)

Purchase The Physical Educator’s Guide to Successful Grant Writing

Purchase The Physical Educator’s Guide to Successful Grant Writing by Louis E. Bowers, Ph.D. With budgets getting tighter, there is no better time for this resources which provides the guidance, instruction and tools you need to understand, find, write, secure and manage grants. To order go to http://www.naspeinfo.org/shop or call 1-800-321-0789.

Success Stories

SD Physical Education Program (PEP) Grants Awarded

The Beresford Area Parks, Recreation, and Community Education (PRCE) Program was awarded a $ 344,399 PEP grant. PRCE is the primary entity charged with providing before- and after-school programming for youth in Beresford and the surrounding area. PRCE has partnered with the Beresford School District and a variety of other entities to create the “Watchdogs of the Future” project. The target population for the "Watchdogs of the Future" project is all students K-12 within the Beresford School District and approximately 200 youth from surrounding communities. The community education program and its partners will provide an opportunity for youth to improve their overall physical activity, nutrition, and wellness levels.

The Tea Area School District was awarded a $293,025 PEP grant. The Tea Area School District has four attendance centers including an elementary school, middle school, high school, and alternative school. The local education agency will implement the Healthy Youth-Healthy Future Project. This project seeks to improve the PE curriculum and opportunities for students to increase activity levels during school hours. Students will receive instruction on the importance of physical activity to improve health and wellness. The project will also provide health and PE teachers with professional development needed to improve classroom management, provide students with a research-based curriculum, and help students understand how to improve moderate to vigorous physical activity levels during class.

Team Nutrition – We Can! McIntosh Team Community Event

The We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) Team in McIntosh, SD sponsored an event that brought the whole town together for some fun with physical activity and nutrition. The afterschool program, and Title I organized a We Can! Walk-a-thon. Forty eight walkers from the school and community registered a total of 200 miles. Each time a walker completed a lap the walker’s card was punched, and the walker was asked to try a sample healthy snack and give feedback on the snack. Snacks were prepared by the Northwest Area School Education Cooperative Hospitality and Tourism mobile unit students, and were served by the National Honor Society students. The snacks provided were tofu pudding, peanut butter power balls, whole wheat sugar cookies, yam and jam muffins, cheese sticks, prunes, pomegranates, and frozen yogurt.

The McIntosh team had several partners that assisted with the Walk-a-thon. The McIntosh Clinic provided pamphlets. The McIntosh Ambulance did blood pressure checks. The Extension Service provided each walker with a pedometer and the National Relief Charities along with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Suicide and Prevention/Youth Wellness Program provided water bottles.

As a part of the We Can! initiative the McIntosh After- School Program will continue to support exercise and nutrition through the use of curriculums and training made available through the Team Nutrition training grant and the We Can! training program. The We Can! Wellness Team Members are Brenda Kraft, Sue Bubbers, Nancy Halverson, Colette Kellogg, and Sandy Baumberger.

National Student Ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60

Kati Osmundson became interested in Fuel Up to Play 60 when her principal at Robert Frost Elementary school in Sioux Falls, SD found the Fuel Up to Play 60 website. Kati was interested in Fuel Up to Play 60 because she knew it would be great for her friends and her school. Kids at her school just sit around at recess and make unhealthy food choices at lunch. They eat things like potato chips and candy and do not drink enough milk. Instead of running around outside for recess and playing games, they sit around and talk and are not active. Kati thought Fuel Up to Play 60 could change that by encouraging kids to eat healthy and be active for 60 minutes a day.

Kati’s mom was interested too. She became the school’s program advisor and implemented it at the school with help from the Wellness Council. The Wellness Council is a group of students in grades 3rd through 5th that want to make healthy changes at the school. They all went online to “fueluptoplay60.com” and signed up to take the pledge. They started doing Fuel Up to Play 60 Challenges in school. They brought in a taste test and gave everyone a plum. Almost everyone liked it! Some even started begging their parents to buy more plums for home. The Wellness Council also started the Walk It Challenge! They gave out pedometers and sheets for kids to record their steps. Kids were still wearing their pedometers to walk along the school track even after the Challenge was over. They brought in Zumba classes, had assemblies with skits to get kids excited, made healthy snack recipe books for all the students, put up milk mustache posters, and even had a Halloween Challenge where they encouraged kids to not eat all their candy.

Kati would log onto the website often to check for updates and track her food and activity. She saw that one could sign up to be a National Student Ambassador. She knew right away that this was the job for her. She filled out the application by herself and sent it off to Fuel Up to Play 60. Later, she got an email that she was chosen! On July 14th, she left for Washington D.C. for a leadership training summit. She met a lot of new people and made a lot more friends that she loved to email. She learned a lot of great ideas that she planned to implement in her school this next year, such as a Walk-a-Marathon Challenge. She also learned about how to talk about Fuel Up to Play 60 through the media training. She got to meet St. Louis Rams Quarterback Sam Bradford and Chef Carla Hall. She loved the cooking demonstration and now makes granola at home. Seeing the Washington D.C. sites was also a highlight.

Kati thinks Fuel Up to Play 60 is a great program because it helps prevent childhood obesity. That is when children eat too much unhealthy food and don’t exercise and become overweight. She also likes Fuel Up to Play 60 because students like her get to be the leaders in the program, come up with ideas and put them into action. She feels Fuel Up to Play 60 really believes in kids and cares what kind of lives they live.

Kati hopes you choose Fuel Up to Play 60 for yourself, your family and your school.