For the past year, the Obama administration has increased emphasis on stopping bullying in schools and communities. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have unveiled a revitalized Stop Bullying website – www.stopbullying.gov – to encourage children, parents, educators, and communities to take action to stop and prevent bullying. StopBullying.gov emphasizes action steps individuals can take to prevent bullying in their schools and communities. The site features tools and resources for community leaders, young people, and families on:
(1) ways to recognize the warning signs and when to take action
(2) tips to prevent bullying before it starts
(3) ways to implement strategies for prevention
(4) ideas for sharing community resources, policies, or strategies to prevent bullying
(5) information on state bullying laws
Additional resources include widgets, badges, and e-mail updates, as well as options for submitting materials to the resource database, following the campaign on Twitter or Facebook, and providing feedback. The website is available at http://www.stopbullying.gov.
HIV, Other STD, and Pregnancy Prevention Education
in Public Secondary Schools
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an analysis of the 2008 and 2010 School Health Profiles data in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, entitled “HIV, Other STD, and Pregnancy Prevention Education in Public Secondary Schools - 45 States, 2008–2010” – http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6113a2.htm?s_cid=mm6113a2_w
Screen Time –VS- Lean Time
Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled in the last 30 years. Today, about one in six children is obese. According to research from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the time kids spend in front of a screen for entertainment has increased by an hour and 17 minutes since 2004. The number of ways that kids can use a screen has also increased with the proliferation of smart phones, portable DVD players, handheld entertainment consoles, and tablet computers.
A new info graphic is available to educate parents, caregivers, and those who interact with children ages 8-18 about the surprising amounts of TV, video game, computer and other entertainment screen time that children are getting, and the opportunities for physical activity that they are missing out on. The info graphic also provides tips for healthier activities and ways parents can limit screen time in the home.
You can find the info graphic online at: http://makinghealtheasier.org/getmoving. Contact Leslie Lewis at LLewis@fhi360.org to adapt the info graphic for other purposes such as posters with your own and CDC’s logo.
While the release is being timed to support Screen-Free Week during April 30 to May 6, this info graphic can be used any time of year to get families talking about physical activity.
Materials Available for HBO’s "The Weight of the Nation" Documentary Series
HBO’s Weight of the Nation is comprised of a series of four documentary films, three children’s films, and up to 12 bonus short films. The mission of this public education campaign is to accelerate efforts to eliminate obesity across the U.S.
CDC is working with HBO Documentary Films, the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine, Kaiser Permanente and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to roll out the community and state engagement component of the campaign. Activities that support the community and state engagement efforts will include regional screenings in several major cities, the distribution of up to 40,000 community action kits, an HBO web site and a social media campaign. In addition, parts of the documentary series will be screened at the CDC's Weight of the Nation(TM) 2012 conference in Washington DC on May 7.
On May 14-15, HBO will broadcast the documentaries through all its channels including the HBO main channel, multiplex channels, HBO, On Demand, HBO GO and more. The films will stream free of charge on HBO.com. In addition to the community screenings of the films, and on-demand access to the online short films, non-HBO subscribers will be able to view the films when they are broadcast as HBO’s local affiliates are removing the subscription requirement for the week of May 14, giving access to non-subscribers.
Visit http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/# to read the pre-release information and to sign up for a screening kit from HBO. You can also navigate to the Facebook page that HBO has established to promote the film (Facebook.com/TheWeightOfTheNation), and “like” the page while you’re there. Visit www.CDC.gov/Obesity to learn more about the epidemic and the multiple strategies that will help us address this epidemic, or www.CDC.gov/WON to learn more about the CDC's Weight of the Nation 2012 conference.
For more information, please contact Rosie Bretthauer-Mueller, CDC, RBretthauer-Mueller@cdc.gov.
National Bike to School Day is May 9, 2012
Schools get ready for the first National Bike to School Day May! Building upon the success of International Walk to School Day each October, organizers of National Bike to School Day hope to draw attention to the importance of daily physical activity and biking to school. Your school could win a free bike rack for signing up. There are many ways to participate that are inclusive of all children and abilities. Promote biking to school, from designated routes, or biking events AT or AFTER school. Sign up now! http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/
41st Annual Conference and Industry Seminar July 31 – August 3, 2012
The School Nutrition Association of South Dakota is hosting the 41st Annual Conference and Industry Seminar on July 31, 2012 with the theme, “Making the Right food Choices Together” A pre-conference workshop at the seminar is a salad bar training, a six hour class sponsored by the Department of Health’s, Coordinated School Health program and Team Nutrition. The training will be held at the Groton School. Attendance is limited to the first 25 applicants on a first come, first serve basis. Each participant will receive mileage, round trip from their home to the training, one day for meals and one night lodging at state rates. Go to http://www.snasd.org/web/site_277_files/files/1325181639_2012_Vendor_Registration.pdf for registration details.
LifeSkills is a proven, highly effective, substance abuse prevention program. This comprehensive program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to resist social pressures to smoke tobacco, to drink, and to use drugs. CLICK HERE to register. LifeSkills training will be held in:
- Watertown — June 6-7, 2012
- Spearfish — August 15-16, 2012
Harvest of the Month Training
Harvest of the Month (HOM) is a nutrition education program designed to expose elementary students to fruits and vegetables. The program can be implemented in a variety of ways within schools and out of school time programs. The program is designed to promote a different fruit or vegetable each month, using a prepared 20 minute lesson/presentation. The lessons provide information about nutritional value, how and where it is grown, and how it can be prepared. The lesson is followed by students taste testing the harvest of the month item.
This program has been implemented by elementary classroom teachers, physical education teachers, parents, community health professional, and Teens as Teachers. Recipes and shopping tips are sent home to encourage families to try the items at home. The school cafeteria can support the lesson by offering the monthly harvest item on the school lunch menu. Community grocery stores also have been a great partner by promoting Harvest of the Month items in their stores.
There will be three opportunities for receiving training on the Harvest of the Month program: June 5-6, June 12-13, or August 7-8. The training will include HOM implementation as well as gardening techniques and resources. This training is provided through a partnership of the following organizations: Team Nutrition & Coordinated School Health in the Department of Education, SD Discovery Center, SD Extension, and the Department of Health Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Schools may apply for funds to send two staff members to the training. Additional funding will be available for implementing the program.
For more information go to the Harvest of the Month website www.sdharvestofthemonth.org or call Mary Kirk at (605) 773-4718.
Harrisburg Physical Education Clinic – June 19-20, 2012
The 4th annual Harrisburg Physical Education Clinic will be held June 19-20, 2012 at the Harrisburg High School Gym. A variety of session topics will be offered including Peer Aggression: Relational Aggression and Bullying; Drug Use and Other Choices; Nutrition/Obesity/Diabetes as well as Power Racing, Boot Camp, and Archery in the School. Questions about the clinic can be directed to Ronette.Costain@k12.sd.us or (605) 743-5326. See the detailed agenda and registration form.
Using Literature to Teach Health – August 13-14, 2012
Planning for instruction that will advance the health literacy of our students is just a page turn away! Elementary, middle school, and high school teachers responsible for health education in their school district as well as librarians, nurses, counselors and curriculum directors are encouraged to attend the Using Literature to Teach Health training August 13-14, 2012 at the Young Center on the campus of Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD.
Participants will receive the Using Literature to Teach Health Teacher’s Guide and $250 towards the purchase of books that include a health content area or health skill(s). In addition, Coordinated School Health will cover travel expenses (meals, mileage, lodging and substitute teacher fees) for all participants.
Planning and Implementation Farm to School Grants Available
USDA has released a Request for Applications (RFA) for a new farm to school grant program. The RFA is now posted on grants.gov and the USDA Farm to School website.
There will be two types of grants available.
1. Planning grants are intended primarily for K-12 school food authorities who participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program that are in the beginning phases of their farm to school efforts.
2. Implementation grants are geared towards advancing existing farm to school initiatives. K-12 school food authorities who participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program, along with state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working in partnership with school districts, may apply for implementation grants.
The grants require at least a 25% funding match. Applications are due June 15, 2012 and awards are expected to be made in October 2012. Planning grants are expected to range from $20,000 - $45,000 and represent approximately 25% of the total awards. Implementation grants are expected to range from $65,000 - $100,000 and represent approximately 75% of the total awards. Given the HHFKA mandate that priority consideration be given to schools serving a high proportion of children who are eligible for free or reduced price meals, projects that serve school districts and schools that have high free and reduced price meal enrollment will receive extra points in evaluation scoring.
Two webinars will be offered in order for applicants to learn more about this grant opportunity. More information regarding registration for these webinars will be sent via this listserv.
- Tuesday, May 15th, 1:00 EST Implementation grants
- Thursday, May 17th, 1:00 EST Planning grants
For more information, please visit the USDA Farm to School website and the Farm to School grant program RFA.
School Grants for Healthy Kids
Through partners such as Kellogg's and the Walmart Foundation, Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for the 2012-2013 school years. Over 500 schools nationwide will be awarded funds that will range from $1,000 to $5,000 with significant in-kind contributions from Action for Healthy Kids in the form of people, programs, and school nutrition expertise. Schools will be provided with management expertise and support to develop strong nutrition programs around school breakfast, competitive foods, summer meals, access to healthy food and nutrition education.
Award amounts will be based on building enrollment, project type, potential impact, and a school's ability to mobilize parents and students around school wellness initiatives. Schools must participate in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program; and must have free/reduced priced meal eligibility greater than 50% to be eligible.
Visit Action for Healthy Kids website for more information: www.actionforhealthykids.org
Click link below for more details regarding School Grants for Healthy Kids:
Apply for “Million Hearts” Social Marketing Programs Awards
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for its Wellness Initiatives “Million Hearts” social marketing programs for peer run/recovery community organizations awards. This program will enable consumer-run and peer recovery community organizations to conduct community-based social marketing activities increasing awareness about the importance of heart health. These efforts include information and activities to prevent heart disease and stroke among adults with behavioral health challenges, as well as promote the long-term goal of helping them to achieve an overall state of wellness. For more information, please contact Carol Bloomberg, Carol_Bloomberg@abtassoc.com.
Traveling Exhibit Promotes Activity, Healthy Eating
Let’s Move South Dakota is a traveling hands-on exhibit that was developed in partnership with Coordinated School Health. This exhibit will inspire children and families to get active, eat healthy and feel. Six interactive stations highlight the habits that can result in a healthy weight.
The exhibit stations are based on the action steps of the Let’s Move initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama. These steps are pretty simple – move every day, eat fruits and veggies, prepare and eat meals together, drink smart by drinking beverages low in sugar, move more, spend less time in front of a screen, and play outside.
Sign up for the PALA Plus award online at www.presidentschallenge.org to join the Let’s Move South Dakota Discovery Center group. Let’s Move South Dakota is available for a one-month rental to schools, out of school time programs, libraries and other groups involved in promoting good health and good habits for children and families. It is one of the Hands-On Partnership traveling exhibits coordinated by the South Dakota Discovery Center. For more information about the exhibit or rental, see the website at www.letsmovesouthdakota.org or Contact: Anne Lewis, email@example.com, 605-224-8295
Eat Healthy. Get Active. Make a Difference.
Eating healthy and getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day can be fun and exciting with Fuel Up to Play 60! Help make a difference by putting ideas into action and making healthy changes at your school. Launched by National Dairy Council (NDC), your local Dairy Council (MDA) and the National Football League (NFL) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health.
In addition, The Food and Nutrition Service and Fuel Up to Play 60 have formed a partnership, which recognizes Fuel Up to Play 60 as a great resource for schools wanting to become Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) award winners!
Get your school involved and ready by applying today for funds for Fuel Up to Play 60! This nationwide, competitive program provided up to $5,000 for qualified schools! –available to K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. Funds are designed to help schools jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Whether your school is just starting out or looking to expand and extend a wellness initiative that’s already in motion, funding opportunities for Fuel Up to Play 60 can help. Apply by June 1 at www.FuelUptoPlay60.com
Participate in the summer theme song challenge. Students can get creative and create their own versions of the celebratory dances NFL players have made famous. This challenge will be a fun way for students to celebrate the end of the school year and, potentially win an NFL player visit! The Touchdown Dance Challenge will begin May 30 and will run through July 18. For more information, check out www.FuelUptoPlay60.com.
Many South Dakota schools have been able to experience awards by implementing the FUTP 60 program like NFL player visits to their schools, signed NFL merchandise, and prize packages worth up to $1500!
For more information on the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, applying for the June grant or the summer challenge please contact: Dawn Conrad, MS, RD, LN Program Manager, Midwest Dairy Council firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-605-594-3155.
Enter the 8th Annual Children’s Art Contest
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) invites children to enter its international art contest with a chance to win a trip to New Orleans this year. The theme is "A Healthy Start to Your Day”. The contest is supported by Kellogg Company. The contest is open to 3 groups: grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Group winners and their parents/guardians will be invited to a presentation ceremony at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition on October 20, 2012 in New Orleans. Each first-place winner will receive a $500 cash prize and up to $1,000 for travel-related expenses. The 3 second-place winners will each receive $250.
The schools will be awarded matching cash amounts. In addition, some artwork will be featured on the AAP website and in promotional materials. To enter, children in the United States should send original artwork to: Children’s Art Contest, American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Blvd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Entry forms and consent forms must accompany all entries. Official rules and regulations are available online, http://www.aap.org. Entries must be postmarked by July 16, 2012. Entries are also welcome from children outside the USA. For the single international award, the contest is open to children ages 13-18. The winner will receive a USD 500 cash prize with a matching amount for the school or home school. For this category only, entries may be submitted by email to Deandra Galarde at email@example.com. Winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges, including pediatricians, and announced in the summer.
Lifeskills Program Funded Through State Programs
Colleen Brunner/BCP correspondent | Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2012 3:00 am
Newell -- Each Monday, Sabrina Harmon, Whatever It Takes Coalition director, teaches one Lifeskills class per day for each of the sixth through ninth grades in the Newell School District.
The kids are enthusiastic and Harmon is getting great feedback from parents. One parent said,” whatever you are doing in those classes on Mondays, keep it up. It is making a difference.”
The material has been endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Assn. and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Drug Strategies, Inc., the National Center for Drug Control, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the White House Office of Drug Policy.
Life Skills topics include self-image and self-improvement, making decisions, smoking myths and realities, smoking and biofeedback, alcohol myths and realities, marijuana myths and realities, advertising, violence in the media, coping with anxiety, coping with anger, communication skills, social skills, assertiveness and resolving conflicts.