The Crucial Role of Recess in School
Recess is most children’s favorite period, and parents and teachers should encourage that trend, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Recess can be a critical time for development and social interaction, and in a new policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics, pediatricians from the AAP support the importance of having a scheduled break in the school day.
The Flu Vaccine is Available
Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States and most of the country is experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness. Anyone who has not already been vaccinated should do so now.
School nurses should lead by example and recommend everyone 6 months of age and older to get their flu vaccine. People who have severe influenza illness, or who are at high risk of serious influenza-related complications should get treated with antiviral medications. Antiviral treatment should be started as early as possible after becoming ill. School nurse resources are available at NASN's Seasonal Influenza web page.
Summer Fun with Food and Fitness Mini-Grant
South Dakota Team Nutrition will award up to $1000 for a Summer Fun with Food and Fitness plan at your school or agency.
Team Nutrition is offering the mini-grants to summer programs in order to support nutrition education activities and to promote physical activity. Click here to read about successful activities from prior grantees.
Agencies applying for the grants must participate in the US Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs such as CACFP, school lunch, after school snack or child and adult food program. Schools must also be signed up for Team Nutrition.
Applications will be accepted until available funds have been allocated. The project end date is August 30, 2013.
Training Tools for Healthy Schools
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a national cadre of master trainers to provide workshops on using and implementing CDC's school health tools.
The Training Tools for Healthy Schools provides workshops designed to help improve school health policies, programs, and curricula.
The (limited) free workshops include:
• Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT),
• Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT),
• School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (SHG),
• School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide (SHI)
To request a workshop or learn more about Training Tools for Healthy Schools, visit www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/tths or contact Coordinated School Health staff in the South Dakota Department of Education at (605) 773-3261.
Resource for Implementing School Wellness Policy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a resource to help inform education and health professionals about the School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
The School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity presents guidelines for assisting school districts in designing, implementing and promoting elements of local school wellness policies.
The resource includes a free PowerPoint® presentation and facilitator’s guide. Each can be downloaded for use when presenting at meetings, conferences, trainings of trainers, continuing education activities, or other public events, as well as used with individuals or teams.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Training Camp
Want to learn the basics of Fuel Up to Play 60? Look no further than the Training Camp!
Training Camp is a series of short videos that feature the Six Steps to Fuel Up to Play 60 (one video for each of the Six Steps), explains funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 and shows how Fuel Up to Play 60 complements other school wellness initiatives. Archived webinars and related resources are also available on the Fuel Up to Play 60 website.
Healthy School Lunch PSAs
Looking for a resource to support the new lunch menu? Need a short presentation for Staff, Parents, and Community that will have them saying “Hey the new school lunch meal pattern is awesome!”
Go to the Team Nutrition webpage to review the 6 PSA’s and the Power Point.
Free Books For Read Across America Day
The Literacy Empowerment Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, invites schools or other literacy projects to apply for FREE books for Read Across America Day. During the past year, LEF has distributed over 3,000,000 books to schools all across the country for Read Across America Day and other literacy projects.
Resources are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The order form is available at http://www.lefbooks.org and must be received by Feb. 16, 2013.
LifeSkills Curriculum Training – Feb. 25-26, 2013
LifeSkills Curriculum Training will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on February 25-26, 2013 at Volunteers of America, 1309 W 51st St., Sioux Falls, SD.
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.
Strengthening Families Program Training – Mar. 19-21, 2013
A free facilitator training will be held for professionals and community members who work well with youth and want to help families. The evidence-based program reaching youth ages 10-14 and their parent(s) or caregiver(s) is designed to reinforce parenting skills, build family connections, and prevent teen substance abuse and behavior problems.
The event will be held in Sioux Falls on Mar. 19 - 21, 2013 and is free for those who are able to facilitate the Strengthening Family Program within one year of the training. All expenses are paid and curriculum /materials will be provided.
Capacity Building Training – Mar. 5, 2013
The South Dakota Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program is offering a training opportunity for those working to create healthier communities through improved local tobacco prevention and control efforts and strengthening community leadership. The half-day training will be held on Tuesday, March 5th, from 8:00am-12:00pm CT at the King’s Inn Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre, SD.
This hands-on workshop will provide practical tools designed to strengthen partnerships and enhance the collaboration needed to apply for future funding. Space for this training is limited to 50 people and the deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.
If you have any questions about the Capacity Building Training, please contact Sarah Quail at (605) 444-6341, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tobacco Prevention Toolkit Training – Mar. 5, 2013
The South Dakota Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program will host the K12 Tobacco Prevention Toolkit Training from 1- 5 p.m. (CT) on March 5, 2013 at the Kings Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre, SD.
Plan to stay overnight and attend the Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute the next day. Scholarship assistance for this training will be available on a first come, first serve basis to cover the cost of attending, including reimbursement for substitute teachers. For more information contact Amy Fink at (605) 394-5120 or email@example.com.
Spring 2013 Tobacco Prevention Institute – Mar. 6, 2013
The South Dakota Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program will host the Spring 2013 Tobacco Prevention Institute from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on March 6, 2013 at the Kings Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre, SD.
Planned topics include K-12 comprehensive tobacco policy, tobacco-free parks, smoke-free multi-unit housing, and South Dakota QuitLine. The target audience for this event includes grantees, local coalition members, prevention specialists, educators, school counselors and administrators, and other interested adults.
Scholarship assistance for this workshop will be available on a first come, first serve basis to cover the cost of attending, including reimbursement for substitute teachers. For more information contact Roshal Rossman, NE Region Tobacco Prevention Coordinator at 605-884-3538 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for the Registration form and additional information.
BeTobaccoFree.Gov. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new tobacco use prevention and cessation website, providing one-stop access to tobacco-related information from across its agencies, including general information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit.
TATU and N-O-T Tobacco Prevention Trainings
TATU is a tobacco prevention program designed to help teens teach younger children about the hazards of tobacco use and the benefits of making healthy choices.
N-O-T facilitator trainings assist teachers, counselors, nurses, youth coordinators or health educators interested in helping teens stop smoking or reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke, increase their healthy lifestyle behaviors, and improve their life-management skills.
Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Mar. 11, 2013
The youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a free conference of activities, fun, and learning for youth grades 7-12 to inform them about HIV/AIDS prevention, transmission, and related relationship behaviors. The conference will encourage youth and their advisors to take charge of personal health and safety decisions.
Registration for the March 11th conference will be at 9:30 at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls (I-29 Exit 81). Scholarships are available and for additional information contact: Nicole Burger @ email@example.com or Brianna Jackson @ (605) 444-6344.
Alternative Breakfast: Webinar to Promote School Breakfast – Feb. 5, 2013
Join the 60-minute Webinar, Alternative Breakfast: Special Events to Promote School Breakfast, Feb. 5, 2013, 3 p.m. CT; 2 p.m. MT, to learn how to host events to engage parents, students, and other community members to highlight alternative breakfast changes at your school and incorporate them during National School Breakfast Week (March 4 - 8, 2013). Events are a great way to kick off breakfast initiatives or celebrate the successful implementation of alternative models. You’ll learn from schools just like yours during the Webinar.
Webinar on adding More Activity into the School Day – Feb. 26, 2013
Experts recommend that children get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Parents will learn how to promote: more effective recess; classroom activity breaks; before and after-school programs; walking or biking to school programs and physical activity for middle and high school students during this 75-minute Webinar, How to Add More Activity into the School Day, Feb. 26, 1 p.m. CT; 12 p.m. MT.
Chamberlain School Health Council Changes the Scene
According to the 2011-12 School Height and Weight Report, schools in Education Service Agencies (ESA) 3 and 5 have the highest rate for Overweight and Obese Body Max Index Combined. (40.1% and 43.6% respectively)
ESA’s reflect public, private, and tribal schools located in specific geographic areas within the state. As shown on the ESA map, the Chamberlain School District is located within ESA 3.
With support from Coordinated School Health’s Building Healthy Schools Project (BHS), the Chamberlain School District developed a school health council whose primary purpose is to implement effective programs, policies and practices related to physical activity and nutrition, as well as tobacco-use prevention and HIV prevention.
During the course of the three year BHS project, the Chamberlain School Health Council has:
• Contracted with Lunchtime Solutions to provide school food services that meet the changing expectation for fresh and healthy food.
• Removed soda pop from all vending machines and replaced them with healthier selections such as milk, water, and 100% fruit juices.
• Equipped the health classroom with 2 spinner bikes, 2 elliptical bikes and 2 recumbent exercise bikes. The location of the equipment allows students easy access.
• Allowed elementary, middle school and high school physical education staff to attend a SPARK Physical Education Workshop. SPARK PE is an evidence-based physical education curriculum and a successful model for combating childhood obesity.
• Received a coordinated package of the highly active SPARK physical education curriculum specific to each grad span, access to the SPARKfamily.org website, follow-up support, and discounts on content-matched equipment.
• Initiated a staff-wellness plan to include an on-line activity tracking tool. Staff receive incentives for performance and involvement.
Coordinated School Health in the Departments of Education and Health assists 6 school districts (Chamberlain, Miller, Mitchell, Wolsey-Wessington, White River and Wagner) to develop and enhance a school health council in their district through the Building Healthy Schools Project .
For more information about these activities and the Building Healthy Schools Project contact Coordinated School Health staff at (605) 773-3261.