Help Reduce Childhood Obesity: Rethink Your Student’s Drink
Students have access to sugar drinks and less healthy foods at school throughout the day from vending machines and school canteens, at fundraising events, school parties, and sporting events. To support students in the effort to make healthy choices schools can increase access to free drinking water, ensure that water fountains are clean and properly maintained, and limit the availability of sugar drinks in schools by establishing and implementing school wellness and nutrition guidelines. Make sure that only healthful beverages are offered during activities and teach students which beverages are healthier options. See how your states’ schools compare to others on sugar drink offerings at: http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=bWFpbGluZ2lkPTE0Njg2MjImbWVzc2FnZWlkPVBSRC1CVUwtMTQ2ODYyMiZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTEyNzY2Nzc4NzImZW1haWxpZD1mYW45QGNkYy5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPWZhbjlAY2RjLmdvdiZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&&&104&&&http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/downloads/ChildrensFoodEnvironment.pdf?s_cid=govD_dnpao_129&source=govdelivery.
2011 PEP Grant Winners Announced
The U.S. Department of Education awarded 76 grants to Local Education Agencies and Community-Based Organizations who plan to implement comprehensive, integrated physical activity and nutrition programs for their students through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP). The Beresford Area Parks, Recreation and Community Education Program and the Tea Area School district are among the 2011 winners. To view 2011 winners, go to: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=5vhwy5bab&et=1107849326578&s=25989&e=001gr6PVdu_luZZKZfKjg4od6nQWvNVpkDJB3HFE9e1ei8bU7d_uO8PNY3gDg7nUWQJdtthPyqC4uky09AHz2dajn5N0YlMWKa5mmVAZNIehPJqcjEXsbzfEvaBM7v7BrXygCPtkCGsQHpKWW4JqfXIOKVI7p0aZ2kM.
Get Pre Teens and Teens Immunized
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and doctors recommend that all 11 and 12 year olds get the Tdap and meningococcal vaccines, as well as an influenza ("flu") shot. Tdap is a vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. It is important for adolescents to receive this vaccine as the level of protection from the primary series they received as children is starting to wane. Check with local health care providers to make sure the child was fully vaccinated with all recommended doses.
The Department of Health provides the Tdap and flu vaccines free of charge for this age group (providers may charge and administration fee); the meningococcal vaccine is provided free for those kids who are eligible for the federal Vaccines for Children program (Medicaid eligible, Native American or Alaskan Native, uninsured or underinsured) – again, while the vaccine is free providers may charge an administration fee.
Tobacco Prevention Trainings
The South Dakota Tobacco Control Program (TCP) is pleased to announce its fall training schedule. The TCP offers training for school Teens Against Tobacco Use (T.A.T.U) groups as well as training for those interested in implementing the Not On Tobacco (N.O.T) teen cessation program in their communities. Mini-grants are available to implement the programs for those who attend training. For more information and to view the complete schedule visit: http://doh.sd.gov/tobacco/TCPTraining.aspx.
2011 SDAHPERD Convention - November 2-4, Sioux Falls
The theme for this year's convention is "It's Go Time!" Individuals registering for the 2011 Convention must do so by completing and mailing the registration form. To learn more, go to: http://sdahperd.sdstate.org/.
Apply for the 2011 School Garden Plant Project – Helping Gardens Grow
A schoolyard garden positively addresses six of the eight contributing factors to obesity identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gardening helps children learn about making better food choices, encourages physical activity, reduces sedentary behavior, and leads to healthier environments at home, at school and in the community. At the same time, gardens provide a positive reason for school communities to come together, with parents, teachers, administrators, volunteers and children working together to green our communities.
School garden grant applications will be accepted through 5pm CST, December 31, 2011. Learn more about the application process and apply for a school garden grant.
Use the SPARKS Grant–Finder tool
The SPARK Grant-Finder Tool is your best resource for locating national and state-specific grants for your physical education, after school, early childhood or coordinated school health program. Grants can be used for curriculum, teacher training, or equipment. To search the Grant-Finder, go to: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=r668rtcab&et=1107379325985&s=3557&e=001mrcg6Dmy6_-CyyndMQJNfDTif6MwgLF133VhgrymFL8jZFf2dMa_h7qQlPLMzdKnQSVKj07cNMDQZfQLEU9WAZP7Wt1av6hvVKIIpM2YkAaBUXCZ94ekaUf3_-NQ5d6PNl_QjfuWUhi-AgsZDc_m9fyqolJVyKNp.
Updated School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) is pleased to announce the release of the School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity This new resource updates and combines previous guidelines last published in the 1990s.
For additional information, contact Sarah Lee, PhD (770-488-6126; SKeupLee@cdc.gov), or Allison Nihiser, MPH (770-488-6508; ANihiser@cdc.gov).
CDC Eagle Series Books
Eagle Series Stories are about growing strong and preventing diabetes. The Eagle Books are a series of four books that are brought to life by wise animal characters, Mr. Eagle and Miss Rabbit, and a clever trickster, Coyote, who engage Rain That Dances and his young friends in the joy of physical activity, eating healthy foods, and learning from their elders about traditional ways of being healthy. The books were developed by the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation's Native Diabetes Wellness Program, in collaboration with the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee and the Indian Health Service, in response to the burden of diabetes among Native Americans and the need for diabetes prevention materials for children.
For more information or to order free books, go to http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/eagle.htm
Improving School Health: A Guide to School Health Councils
This guide is jam packed with helpful information about building an effective, functioning school health council. Research shows if schools have an effective school health council, the students are healthier and more successful. To learn more, go to: http://www.rmc.org/CSH/Docs/Ntl_Guide_to_SHAC.pdf.
Creating an Asthma Friendly School
Asthma is a leading chronic illness among children and youth in the United States and a leading cause of school absenteeism. School staff and families can play an important role in helping students with asthma manage their disease at school. Many schools are becoming more asthma friendly by making changes that enable students to successfully manage their asthma and fully participate in all school activities.
To learn how to make your school asthma friendly, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/asthma/creatingafs/
Join the FREE 2012 South Dakota Road Trip
Lead your class on a healthy and historic trip across the state. Stop at 22 towns throughout the virtual road trip. Each stop contains a healthy habit for students to practice, along with information on both town and state history. The history content is based on South Dakota’s 4th grade social studies standards. There are fun games and activities that enforce the topics learned. The trip begins in January, so get registered today! For more information or to register for the Road Trip, contact Julia Miller at www.healthedventure.org.
Healthy SD announces Facebook Game Grand Prize Winner
The game encourages South Dakotans to identify healthy foods and choose healthier snacks at the concession stand. Healthy SD has spent the summer partnering with concessionaires across the state and has created an online game to teach South Dakotans a new way to think about food, particularly snacks at the concession stand. The Facebook game introduced players to the “Munch Code,” a color-coding system of categorizing food while keeping portion size and proportion in mind. Regular drawings for active play games, sports equipment and camping gear were awarded all summer long with a grand prize drawing for a BMX bike.
The grand prize winner, Anthony Rivera, a sixth grader from Pierre received his bike in August. The game was advertised on Facebook reaching over 211,000 Facebook users, generating over 625 “likes” and awarding 9 runner-up prizes to kids across the state. Prizes were donated by local businesses wanting to support healthy choices. Although the contest has ended, the game is still live on the Healthy SD Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MunchCodeSD and players are still eligible for random monthly prize drawings.
Copies of the Healthy South Dakota Model Policy and related Munch Code promotional materials are available by contacting the Department of Health. More information is also available at www.HealthySD.gov or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MunchCodeSD.
Number of Overweight South Dakota Students Down Slightly
For the second year, the number of overweight and obese South Dakota students declined, but the state still hasn’t reached its Health 2020 goal. For the 2010-2011 school year, 31.3% of students were overweight (16.1%) or obese (15.2%), a slight drop from the 32.7% reported in the previous school year’s survey.
“It’s good to see some movement in the right direction but there’s still work to do” said Kristin Biskeborn, State Nutritionist for the Department of Health. “Too many of our kids are still at higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, liver disorders and other complications resulting from excess weight.” South Dakota tracks child overweight and obesity with its School Height Weight Report, a joint effort of the Departments of Health and Education since 1999.
Schools submit student height and weight data for the survey. A total of 193 schools participated in the latest survey, accounting for 35.2% of students in the state. Participating schools receive reports of their own data to use in improving nutrition and physical activity in the school setting. For more information on ways to prevent obesity go to: http://www.healthysd.gov/Schools/default.aspx.
Building Healthy Schools Training Event
Seven pilot schools attended the training event held in September. This training was organized by Coordinated School Health in an effort to give school health teams more skills and tools to further develop and strengthen school health councils.
Highlights of the day included Dr. Melody Schopp, Secretary of Education, as the key note speaker. Participants agreed that she was very interesting and motivating. Her passion for health and wellness was obvious. Cheryl Ferguson from Policy Matters came from North Carolina as a skilled and knowledgeable trainer to lead training, activities, discussion and action planning time. Participants also enjoyed an evening event and learned new ways to help parents communicate with teenagers. CSH led training and activities the second day to help PE, health teachers, school board members, principals, superintendents, community members and students become more aware of strategies that address school level impact measures.