- Anti-Bullying Training Opportunity
- Bridge the Gap to Better Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health
- Physical Activity Measurement Supplements
- Safe at School and Ready to Learn

Anti-Bullying Training Opportunity

ESA Region 5 is pleased to announce its newest training opportunity entitled, "Bullying, Cyber-bullying and 21st Century Citizenship." This national presentation moves beyond statistics and engages students with stories and songs. Thousands of kids in schools all over the country have been entertained and educated by this presentation, and it is now available to South Dakota schools. The training offers programs for students, teachers, and parents. The PK-6th grade program focuses on the story of rescue dog Starbuck. His experiences become the backdrop for online safety, bullying, cyber-bullying and appropriate cell phone behavior. The 7-12 grade programs focuses on empowering students to make good decisions as they navigate in the digital world. This informative presentation stresses positive behavior while increasing awareness of the responsibilities of having a presence on the internet or cell phone. ESA 5 tailors its presentation formats to the unique needs of each district. Contact Erin Dale at 605-230-1181 or Erin.Dale@k12.sd.us for more information go to; http://sdesa.k12.sd.us/esa5/resources/AntiBullying_Flyer.pdf

Bridge the Gap to Better Nutrition and Physical Activity

Bridging the Gap and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation just released a comprehensive report examining a variety of elementary school policies and practices related to nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention. The report, School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity: National Elementary School Results, Volume 2, updates the previous report released in 2010. Its findings are based on nationally representative samples of public and private elementary schools from the 2006-07 to 2009-10 school years and represent about 21 million K-5 students each year.

The report provides updated information on school meals, competitive foods and beverages, physical activity and physical education, and progress made by schools to implement provisions required by the federal wellness policy mandate.

For a copy of the new report, related materials, and for more information on Bridging the Gap, see: www.bridgingthegapresearch.org.

Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) announces the release of Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health. This new resource defines and describes parent engagement and identifies specific strategies and actions that schools can take to increase parent engagement in school health activities. It was developed in collaboration with expert researchers, public health practitioners, and educators. The document describes strategies for connecting with parents, engaging parents in school health activities, and sustaining parent engagement.

Physical Activity Measurement Supplements

Two special issues devoted to the measurement of physical activity by objective monitoring and self-report have been published and are available online.

Objective Measurement of Physical Activity: Best Practices and Future Directions Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Measurement of Active and Sedentary Behaviors: Closing the Gaps in Self-Report Methods Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Safe at School and Ready to Learn

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce the release of “Safe at School and Ready to Learn: a Comprehensive Policy Guide for Protecting Students with Life-Threatening Food Allergies.” Developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this new guide is designed to help schools establish comprehensive policies and practices that support the safety, well-being, and academic success of students with life-threatening food allergies. The guide focuses on the need for schools to partner with families, and healthcare providers in identifying and supporting individual student needs and preparing management plans. Further, it provides recommendations on following medication protocols; establishing a coordinated system to prevent and respond to food allergy-related emergencies across the school environment; communicating with and educating parents, students, and school personnel; and monitoring and evaluating policies and practices.

The publication also includes a checklist for schools to assess the extent to which the guide’s components are included in food allergy policies and practices being developed and implemented; sample state and local education policies; a glossary of commonly used terms; and a list of resources related to food allergies.

The guide is available for download through NSBA’s webpage at www.nsba.org/foodallergy.
Mar. 2012