- Implementing Strong Nutrition Standards for Schools
- Anti-bullying, Cyberbullying and Digital Safety Resources
- A Lot to Smile About!
- Start School on a Healthy Note
- Accurate, Accessible and Actionable Health Information for All

Implementing Strong Nutrition Standards for Schools:
Financial Implications

The Division of Adolescent and School Health is pleased to share a new resource. The “Implementing Strong Nutrition Standards for Schools: Financial Implications” fact sheet summarizes the existing evidence of the financial impact on schools that have implemented strong nutrition standards.

Implementing nutrition standards can be an effective strategy to improve the nutritional quality of foods offered and purchased in the school setting. One of the primary reasons that state and local education agencies are hesitant to implement strong nutrition standards for competitive foods is that they are concerned about losing the revenue that is generated from selling snacks and beverages to students.

While some schools report an initial decrease in revenue after implementing nutrition standards, a growing body of evidence suggests that schools can have strong nutrition standards and still maintain financial stability.

The fact sheet is available for download.

Anti-bullying, Cyberbullying and Digital Safety Resources

In partnership with the Be A STAR Anti-bullying Campaign, the National Education Association Health Information Network introduces a new resources for educators. The film, That's What I Am, touches on the problem of bullying in schools and communities. It explores the ways bullying impacts people of all ages, as well as the courage of students and educators.

The instructional activities presented in this resource guide help teach middle school students about bullying and cyberbullying, the pillars of good character, and social equality. Through self-reflection about the positive examples of moral character represented in the movie, students can begin to develop the skills and tools to prevent bullying, to not be a bystander.

The program features:
• Free downloadable clips from That's What I Am for classroom use
• Free Educational Resource Guide, classroom lessons, and resources
• Nine cross-references learning themes with activities
• "That's What I Am" reflective journal
• Suggested inter-disciplinary anti-bullying framework
• Uses education standards in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Health
• Suggested for grades 6-8

To access the Educational Resource Guide visit Be a STAR.
To take a stand against bullying visit the NEA's campaign, Bully Free: It Starts With Me.
More resource on cyber bullying and digital safety can be found at bNet@vvy.org

A Lot to Smile About!

Delta Dental's mobile dental program recently celebrated a landmark event by serving its 10,000th child. Since 2004, the Dakota Smiles program has traveled to 60 different communities across South Dakota providing more than $4.3 million of dental care to underserved children.

To find out more about the Dakota Smiles Program and to find a 2011 and 2012 schedule in an area near you click here.

Start School on a Healthy Note

To help start the school year on a healthy note: The Red Book addresses how to manage blood on the job, the use of proper protective equipment, and information on HIV and hepatitis. Click here to download.

Accurate, Accessible and Actionable Health Information for All

Health Literacy: Accurate, Accessible and Actionable Health Information for All, a new health literacy web site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This site provides information and tools to improve health literacy and public health and make health information accurate, accessible and actionable for all.

The site features health literacy organizations by state and planning tools to use the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. The health literacy blog provides a forum for commentary and discussion of vital issues in health literacy improvement.

Key agencies and organizations with an interest in school health education and health literacy, in general, are invited to add a link to this web site.

Sept. 2011