USDA Unveils Historic Improvements to Meals Served in America’s Schools
FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 25. 2012 – First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled new standards for school meals that will result in healthier meals for kids across the nation. The new meal requirements will raise standards for the first time in more than 15 years and improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs every school day. The healthier meal requirements are a key component of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by the First Lady as part of her Let’s Move! campaign and signed into law by President Obama.
National Sexuality Education Standards Set in Public Schools
The first-ever national standards for sexuality education in schools have been released. Published in the Journal of School Health, the ground-breaking standards, http://www.ashaweb.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3454 , provide clear, consistent, and straight forward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades Kindergarten through grade 12.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
Here are links to several sites with information, links to lesson plans, reference materials, presentation materials, and fun games to share with students:
• NASN Oral Health Connections http://www.oralhealthconnections.org/
HPV Vaccination Could Save a Child’s Life
The South Dakota Department of Health is pleased to share the HPV and Cancer Monograph. To view online, please see http://getscreened.sd.gov/registry/ under the Data & Publications tab. Two companion pieces, the HPV patient information card and the HPV vaccination magnet, were designed to be shared with parents and patients.
To view and access the online ordering system, please see http://doh.sd.gov/catalog.aspx. All materials are available free of charge.
Life Skills - Evidence Based Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention Curriculum training will be held in Chamberlain, SD at the AmericInn on Feb. 29 - Mar. 1, 2012. It is a proven, highly effective, substance abuse prevention program designed to: provide students with the necessary skills to resist social pressures to smoke drink and use drugs; to help them develop greater self-esteem, self-mastery, and self-confidence; to enable children to effectively cope with social anxiety; to increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance use.
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – March 8, 2012
Attend a free event to help raise HIV/AIDS awareness! This event will be held in Sioux Falls at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 909 W. 33rd Street on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. While this event is free, registration is required and will begin at 8:30 am. Michelle Majeres, SE Prevention Resource Center, PO Box 89306, Sioux Falls, SD 57109-9306 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 605-335-5514. Call with questions -605-335-6474, press 2
Raising the Standards - March 12 - 13, 2012
Coordinated School Health will be hosting training from 8:00am-4:30pm, March 12 - 13, 2012 in Rapid City, SD titled: Raising the Standards: A Skills-Based Approach to Health Education. The training is designed to provide teachers specific competencies and skills to transform traditional Health Education lessons into engaging 21st century skills-based lessons and to use assessment as motivation for learning as well as assessment of learning.
Elementary, middle, and high school teachers responsible for health education in their school districts are encouraged to attend. To register, go to: https://apps.sd.gov/Applications/DE49TrnTracker/Secure/AvailableClasses.aspx.
Tobacco Spring Institute- March 28-29, 2012
The South Dakota Tobacco Control Program will be hosting the Tobacco Spring Institute on March 28-29, 2012 at the Ramkota in Pierre, SD. Scholarship assistance will be available on a first come, first serve basis to cover the cost of attending this training, including reimbursement for substitute teachers. Key topics include "Best Practices" in Tobacco Control Coalition Building, Community and Youth Engagement, and Advocacy for Tobacco Free Schools.
SPARKS Physical Education Training - May 29-30, 2012
South Dakota physical education teachers are invited to SPARK Workshops being sponsored by SD Coordinated School Health and Region 3 ESA in Mitchell.
Each one day workshop is designed to provide attendees with a working knowledge of SPARK’s unique content and instructional strategies for grades K-2 and/or 3-6. Teachers will leave ready to “SPARK-up” their students for a lifetime of good health!
Participants may attend one day or both days and SPARK $300 worth of materials will be purchased for participants attending the training. To register, go to:
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools
Implementing a salad bar in your school is one of the fastest ways to create fresh food access to all students purchasing a reimbursable meal. In fact the "salad" can be much more than greens and fruit. By utilizing USDA Commodity foods like diced chicken, tuna, cheese, egg products and grain products the salad bar reinvents itself as a reimbursable meal. Using the bar to introduce children to food in its fresh state and educate student’s palates by offering some special seasonal salads makes fast work of transforming your cafeteria into a classroom enjoyed by all every day. Want a salad bar in your school and need help getting started?
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Now Accepting Applications for School Employee Wellness Award Program
The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 School Employee Wellness(SEW) Awards Program that recognizes schools and school districts that demonstrate commitment to the health of their employees by implementing school employee wellness programs. Awardees will receive special recognition for their efforts that include grants (Bronze $250, Silver $500, Gold $1000) to be reinvested in their employee wellness programs.
To apply for DHPE's School Employee Wellness Awards Program, or to learn more about school employee wellness programs, visit www.schoolempwell.org. Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2012. No paper submissions will be accepted this year.
National Institutes of Health Announces Grant Opportunity for Type I Diabetes Management Strategies
The Improving Adherence in Pre-teens, Adolescents and Young Adults with Type I Diabetes funding opportunity is intended to aid institutions/organizations in developing, refining and pilot testing innovative strategies to improve adherence to medications and medical regimens, including self-management in young people with type I diabetes. At the end of the funding period, recipients should have a well-developed intervention that has been demonstrated to be safe, feasible to implement, acceptable in the target population and ready to be tested in a larger efficacy trial.
Applicants can request up to $400,000 for funding. Eligible entities include state and local governments, independent school districts, nonprofits other than institutions of higher education, private institutions of higher education, for profit organizations and small businesses. School-based health centers can have their sponsor organization apply on their behalf.
Deadline: March 2, 2012
Grant Information: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=129736
Thinking of applying for the grant? E-mail Josh Rovner at email@example.com
New My Plate Poster Now Available
To kick off the new year, the USDA has created a new MyPlate for Kids poster! This poster for elementary schools promotes making half your plate fruits and vegetables, one of the key concepts of MyPlate. The poster also promotes a few of the recipes from the Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition and refers back to ChooseMyPlate.gov for more recipes. The poster is available in PDF format and in poster format by request from the Team Nutrition website.
Link to School’s Height Weight Survey Project
Twenty five schools have already submitted data for the 2011-2012 school year. All schools are listed on the Department of Health website once data is received. The information is updated monthly. Schools are encouraged to participate in the data collection process. http://doh.sd.gov/SchoolWeight/Schools.aspx.
New CDC Resource: Staff Development Program on Fostering School Connectedness
The Fostering School Connectedness Staff Development Program is designed to:
• Introduce teachers and other school staff members to the concept of school connectedness
• Generate enthusiasm and interest in improving school connectedness
• Initiate implementation of a school connectedness action plan, using ideas from School
Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors among Youth
This guide provides step-by-step procedures, activities, materials, resources, and PowerPoint® presentations (with speaker narrative and notes) for implementing two staff development programs – a 45-minute basic overview of school connectedness, or a 2-hour program to develop action plans for improving school connectedness.
To view the entire guide, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/adolescenthealth/pdf/connectedness_facilitator_guide.pdf
To view more CDC resources on Connectedness, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/adolescenthealth/connectedness.htm
ADA and NASN Launch Website
A recently launched website now provides easily accessible oral health information to school nurses. To create this new resource, the American Dental Association (ADA) teamed up with the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) in a project funded by the DentaQuest Foundation. Among other things, this Oral Health Connections website provides school nurses with oral health curricula, classroom teaching tools, and resources to help schoolchildren find access to dental care. It also allows school personnel to participate in an oral health forum and Facebook group that addresses oral health issues. For full article, go to: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=xo5qo6cab&et=1109021579204&s=173&e=001EyLfnpgFYy3CzUUSUoKaWQl1-xfLSh-SxRkrYCVssuQzyASud8ABflDTsYYOzqs7mRao0vAz28XpqlqBcKMn7Ak-sOYJ_FyuX4UTzaEZcVIj-OWsE6_dUoBpo9EbvAMQ.
The Nuts and Bolts of Alcohol Impairment
White River Middle School Counselor Tonya Boyd and Michael Glynn Memorial Coalition Director Joyce Glynn teamed up to present a lesson to middle school students a few weeks ago; a lesson that began by threading a nut onto a metal screw.
Chamberlain’s Success with District Tobacco Free School Policy
Chamberlain’s “Tobacco-Free Property Policy”, effective in 2009, was drafted with the help of the Prevention Coordinator, Tanya Derdall. She worked with Chamberlain’s former superintendent Dr. Tim Mitchell, school board, school staff, and students in formulating the policy. The district used a model policy as a reference.
There were hurdles to be overcome, such as enforcing the policy at various school events. Patrons seen smoking, were asked to step off of school property. Most were very cooperative as staff stressed that the policy covers the entire Chamberlain School District and that enforcement of the policy sets an example for children.
There has always been an “awareness campaign” in Chamberlain schools with wall posters or literature available to students and parents. Students also attended some no-tobacco training sessions to help promote the tobacco policy.
The tobacco free policy did not seem to be an issue with the staff, students or visitors. There has always been an awareness of “modeling” and keeping the students in mind if staff happened to be smokers. Tobacco products are not allowed in student’s possession or on school property. The policy helped to enforce consequences for possession or use. Visitors seem to be considerate and respectful of following the policy.
Chamberlain currently has a School Health Council that receives funding from the SD Coordinated School Health program. This committee continues to support “no smoking” efforts in the district.