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April 2014

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  First Public Hearing Held on Proposed Physical Education Standards

The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of four public hearings on proposed K-12 physical education standards on March 24, 2014. Three additional public hearings will be held at state board meetings May 19 in Aberdeen, July 21 in Pierre and September 15 in Rapid City.

A group of 24 individuals, primarily physical education teachers from across South Dakota, participated in the review and revision of the standards. The proposed standards provide the framework for what students in grades K-8 and two levels in high school should know and be able to do in the subject area of physical education.

At the elementary level the focus is on fundamental motor skills. Middle school standards focus on application of fundamental motor skills and finding a balance of activities to keep all students engaged. In high school the standards focus on fitness, wellness and lifelong activity. Decisions regarding curriculum and instruction are made by local school districts.

Click here to submit public comments for the proposed physical education standards.

  School Height and Weight Report Released

The South Dakota School Height and Weight Report has been released for the 2012-13 school year. The report is a summary of height and weight data submitted by schools, with this year's data taken from 36 percent of the state's school children (190 participating schools).

Health officials say the number of students in South Dakota who were obese or overweight during the 2012-13 school year remained practically unchanged compared to the previous year. The South Dakota Department of Health says 16.6 percent of students in the survey were considered overweight, the same percentage as the 2011-12 academic year. The agency says 16 percent of students were considered obese last school year, nearly unchanged from 15.9 percent the year before.

  E-cigarette Use Among U.S. Middle and High School Students

The percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who use electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, more than doubled from 2011 to 2012. "The increased use of e-cigarettes by teens is deeply troubling," said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. Data shows a dramatic rise in usage of e-cigarettes by youth, and this is cause for great concern as we don't yet understand the long-term effects of these novel tobacco products," said Mitch Zeller, director of FDA's Center for Tobacco Products.
Read more from the CDC.

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2014 Rapid City WORKWELL Summit

The South Dakota Department of Health's WORKWELL Partnership will host the 2014 Rapid City WORKWELL Summit on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. This day-long event to enhance health and wellness in the workplace will be held at the University Center, 4300 Cheyenne Blvd, Rapid City, SD.

Dr. David Hunnicutt, President of the Wellness Council of America, will deliver the keynote speech and offer instruction, resources, and tools for creating and engaging wellness in the workplace. Register Now!

For questions about the event, contact Enid Weiss at eweiss@tie.net or (605) 224-6287 ext. 217.

  Smart Snacks in Schools - Webinar

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced new Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards for all foods sold outside of the school meal programs. The new rules go into effect July 2014.

A webinar will be held on May 7, 2014 from 12:00 Noon - 1:00 p.m. CST to provide participants with an overview of these new nutrition standards, describe how they can be integrated into school-based work and highlight strategies for states and school districts to support their implementation. Additionally, best practices from the state of Kentucky will be shared.

Reserve your Webinar seat now. This webinar will be recorded for future use.

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  Smart Snacks in Schools

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) took a major step forward in releasing the Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day in vending machines, school stores, snack carts and a la carte lines, as well as through fundraising. These standards go into effect July 1, 2014 and apply all around the school campus.

Click here for a series of tools created by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the School Nutrition Association to help make Smart Snacks a success in your school district.

  Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model Released

ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announced the release of the new Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model, which provides an important framework to address the collaborative relationship between learning and health.

CDC will be integrating this new model into its school health initiatives, placing ASCD's whole child framework at the center of health and education alignment in school settings.

Click here for more information about CDC's school health initiatives.

  Celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week - April 21-25

Launched by Action for Healthy KidsŪ in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance shared by a network of schools, partner organizations and volunteers to create healthier school environments for kids. Observed the last week of April, this special week - which is recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances - shines a spotlight on the obesity epidemic affecting the nation's children and provides an opportunity for schools to celebrate their contributions to students' health and wellness.

So, whether your school holds taste tests of healthy food, plants a school garden, renovates a playground or hosts family health fair nights, you can put your students on a healthier path. Be sure to celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week and register your health-promoting events, whether they are held during Every Kid Healthy Week or any point of the year.

  Celebrate National School Nurse Day - May 7

As we prepare to celebrate school nurses on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, we applaud the contributions school nurses make every day to improve the safety, health, and academic success of all students. Download the new "A Day in the Life of Your School Nurse" infographic poster that was created by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) to celebrate our school nurses.

This year's theme is "The School Nurse: Caring for Others. Caring for Ourselves." Find resources to help promote this significant day.

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  Farm to School Grant Program (USDA)

Schools may apply for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, which will award grants from $15,000-$50,000, to implement farm to school programs that improve access to local foods.

On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. An additional $500,000 will be made available to support conferences, trainings, and events focused on farm to school program development. Applications are due April 30, 2014.

Click here for more information and to apply for the grant.

  Funding for Community Walk Audits Announced

The South Dakota Department of Health is pleased to announce a unique funding opportunity for Community Walk Audits. This funding (up to $5000) can be used by communities to launch complete streets policy efforts by creating community advocacy for walkability and assessing the built environment through conducting walk audits. Walk audits are easy, doable assessments that communities can focus on as a stepping stone for more long-term policy work.

Applications for the Community Walk Audits are due April 28, 2014 and can be found at www.HealthySD.gov.

To request an application in Word format or for additional questions, contact Beth Davis, Health Education and Promotion Consultant at beth2022@pie.midco.net or (605) 280-2429.


Karen Keyser
School Health Program
South Dakota Department of Education
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-6808
Julie Ellingson
School Health Program
South Dakota Department of Health
615 East 4th Street
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-7150


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