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- SPARK Physical Education All-Digital Curriculum Sets
- Strategies for Improving the Quality of Physical Education
- NASPE Presents Physical Education Infographic
- New Website Improves the Health of School Foods
- 2012 School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment and Planning Guide Released
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Education Materials



SPARK Physical Education All-Digital Curriculum Sets

SPARK PE now has a complete program (e-manual, music, videos, assessment tools, bilingual skill and task cards, everything a person needs to teach SPARK) online at SPARKfamily.org. With just a password, one can save the content to their computer, download it to their iPad, tablet, or smart phone, or just print and use it whenever one wants. Click on the grade level to see the curriculum set options and details for purchasing.

Early Childhood Curriculum
K-2 PE Curriculum
3-6 PE Curriculum
Middle and High School PE
After School program.


Strategies for Improving the Quality of Physical Education

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s document Strategies for Improving the Quality of Physical Education outlines 2 key strategies for increasing the amount of time that students are engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity while in physical education class.

These key strategies are:
1. Implement a well-designed curriculum.
2. Provide teachers with appropriate training and supervision.

Establishing and implementing high-quality physical education programs can provide students with the appropriate knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence to be physically active for life.


NASPE Presents Physical Education Infographic

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is pleased to share their first Physical Education Infographic. The information comes from NASPE’s recently released 2012 Shape of the Nation Report on the status of physical education in the U.S.

Share with others by heading to NASPE’s website to download and print the PDF version, as well as to directly upload the jpg image to share via social media.


New Website Improves the Health of School Foods

The National Education Association's Health Information Network, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has launched a new website, BagtheJunk.org, to support the network's Healthier School Food Advocacy Project .

A national initiative to improve the nutritional quality of snack foods sold in schools, the project will use the website to provide school employees and other members of the community with information on good foods. The network hopes that through this website schools and school employees will become strong supporters of healthy snack foods and beverages in schools. (www.neahin.org)


2012 School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment and Planning Guide Released

CDC announced the release of the 2012 School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment and Planning Guide, an online, interactive assessment tool reflecting the new 2012 changes. The SHI is a planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.

The SHI 2012 adds sexual health as a new topic, updates nutrition questions to reflect the Institute of Medicine’s Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools, and revised the cross cutting questions to be more integrative. Changes have been made to many of the SHI modules to incorporate the new topic, update content on existing topics, and reflect a more coordinated approach to school health.


Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Education Materials

The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) has available online the HPV and Cancer Monograph. Also available are improved companion pieces, culturally-specific HPV patient information cards and the HPV vaccination magnet, to share with students and parents. All are available free of charge on the DOH online ordering system.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a widespread virus that can infect males and females, is the most common sexually transmitted infection.

• HPV causes the following percentages of cancer in the U.S.
     93% - Cervix
     96% - Anus/Rectum
     64% - Vagina
     63% - Head/Neck/Oral
     51% - Vulva
     36% - Penis
• HPV vaccination is available for males and females
• More than 7% of all cancers diagnosed in SD from 2001 to 2008 were in a primary site that may have been caused by HPV
• In SD, 4% of the total cancer deaths in SD from 2001to 2008 may have been HPV-related
March 2013
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