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- Rx for Understanding
- Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum
- Have Fun with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
- National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
- Green Strides Webinar Series



Rx for Understanding

The National Education Association Health Information Network has released a new teaching resource, Rx for Understanding, focused on the growing problem of prescription drug abuse and misuse. The resource includes 10 cross-curricular lessons for middle school students that are aligned with the National Health Education Standards and Common Core State Standards.

The lessons aim to equip students with the understanding and decision-making skills they need to recognize and avoid the dangers of misusing and abusing prescription drugs. The materials were developed with the support of an educational grant from Purdue Pharma L.P.

Designed to be used across the curriculum, the resources are available free of charge, in print and online.


Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum

Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy.

Curriculum components include:
• Teacher’s Guides
• Original Songs
• Poster
• Mini Poster
• Parent Handout
• Additional Games and Resources (Extra Helpings)


Have Fun with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Every time a child eats a piece of fruit or a vegetable, they are learning healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime. While serving fruits and vegetables, take a moment to discuss fun facts and information. Visit the SD Harvest of the Month webpage, which features presentations on specific fruit and vegetables, talking points, handouts, and more! The information is free, and useful to anyone on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, or if you just want to provide a more in depth health curriculum.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, authorized and funded under Section 19 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act operates in selected low-income elementary schools in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. States then select schools to participate based on criteria in the law, including the requirement that each student receives between $50 and $75 worth of fresh produce over the school year.

Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS) in the South Dakota Department of Education administers the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the state.


National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)

The foremost national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is a non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport.

NASPE’s 15,000 members include: K-12 physical education teachers, coaches, administrators, researchers, and college/university faculty who prepare professionals in these areas. NASPE seeks to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice, and increase support for high-quality physical education, sport and physical activity programs.

It is the largest of the five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). For more information, visit www.naspeinfo.org.


Green Strides Webinar Series

The Green Strides Webinar Series offers sessions to learn how to reduce schools’ environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental literacy, including STEM, green careers, and civic engagement. Click here to find out about many more sessions.

Dec. 5, 2012, 2-3 p.m. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Programs (PCFSN)
Dec. 12, 2012, 4-5 p.m. Solar Energy: Power for Earth, the ISS, and Exploring Other Worlds! (NASA)
Dec. 19, 2012, 4-6 p.m. Chipmunk Cheeks and Chicken Legs: Body Systems and Life in Space (NASA)
Jan. 9, 2013, 3-4 p.m. Using Remote Sensing to Quantify Changes over Time (NASA)
Jan. 16, 2013, 4-5 p.m. Food for Thought: Space Food and Nutrition (NASA)

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