- Healthy SD announces Facebook Game Grand Prize Winner
- Number of Overweight South Dakota Students Down Slightly
- Building Healthy Schools Training Event
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 2010-11 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 click on www.HealthySD.gov.
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.