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Feb. 2014

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  Promoting Student Wellness

The USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept. of Education, and 26 other organizations (including the American School Health Association) released a joint statement recognizing the importance of school wellness policies to help ensure a healthy environment for staff, students, and their families.

To further support these efforts, FNS recently launched a new website full of resources to help enhance the school nutrition environment. This new website will help schools to assess and update their local school wellness policies as needed and offer ideas on how to share information with parents and communities. It also provides best practices, samples, stories, and guidance for school districts to boost their wellness efforts.

For more information on local school wellness policies, visit the USDA Food and Nutrition website.

  New USDA Rules Permanently Ease School Lunch Program Restrictions

The US Dept. of Agriculture has published final rules for the regulation of school programs under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). This program controls and funds the free or reduced cost lunch programs for students. The rules that were announced are effective March 4, 2014. No changes were made to the way schools provide meals to children; however, changes were made to some existing regulations that had already been changed by policy, and to finalize regulations for certification of meals. Highlights include:

• Reporting and Recordkeeping -- State agencies will submit quarterly reports with the total number of School Food Authorities (SFA) in the State and the names of certified SFAs. The report will no longer be required once all SFAs in the State have been certified.
• The process for certification of meals was not changed.
• The maximum serving sizes for grains and meats are permanently lifted.
• The limitation on serving frozen fruit with added sugar is permanently lifted.
• SFAs are still expected to plan meals that fall within the weekly minimum and maximum ranges for calories.
• USDA will continue to provide training and guidance materials.

Click here to access the regulations. For more information, contact Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education at (605) 773-3413.

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Training on "School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity"

March 17, 2014, Pierre, SD

Schools interested in learning how to develop or enhance their School Wellness Policy are encouraged to attend the "School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity" training to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Kings Inn Conference Center in Pierre.

Physical education and health teachers, school nutrition directors, school health council members, other school staff, community members, policy makers, parents and students are all encouraged to attend. Meals, mileage, lodging and substitute teacher pay will be reimbursed for up to 3 people per school district or agency. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kings Inn. Call (605) 224-5951 by March 3. See the SHG Training Flyer for more information and to register.

The School Health Guidelines, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provide evidence-based guidance for schools on how to most effectively promote the health of children and adolescents aged 5 to 18 years. Sponsors for the training include the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - South Dakota.

For more information, call Karen Keyser at (605) 773-6808.

  Action for Healthy Kids School Health Webinars

Action for Healthy Kids has planned another semester of virtual learning opportunities. From school breakfast programs and recess before lunch to wellness policy implementation and more, sessions are of no cost and are open to any interested individual or group. All sessions are recorded and available in the archived area on the Action for Healthy Kids website. Click here to sign up for sessions.

Action for Healthy Kids is a leader in this national movement to improve child health, working at the federal and state levels and in school districts and school buildings nationwide.

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  School Health Policy and Youth Risk Behavior Fact Sheets -- South Dakota

Specially designed fact sheets highlighting results from the 2012 South Dakota School Health Profiles and the 2011 South Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey have been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's - Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC-DASH). The facts sheets report on HIV, other STDs, teen pregnancy prevention, the obesity epidemic, and tobacco use in South Dakota. Click on the titles below to learn more.

Obesity, Dietary Behavior, and Physical Activity
Sexual Risk Behaviors

The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices. Profiles surveys are conducted every even-numbered year by the South Dakota Department of Education among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults. The YRBS is conducted every odd number year by the South Dakota Department of Health among students in grades 9-12.

For more information about the Profiles or YRBS contact Kim Carlson, South Dakota Department of Health at kim.carlson@state.sd.us or (605) 773-3365.

  AAHPERD Becomes SHAPE America

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) recently announced their association name change to the Society of Health and Physical Educators, doing business as SHAPE America.

According to National AAHPERD President Gale Wiedow, interim dean of the College of Education at Dakota State University in Madison, SD, "with the new name we are hoping to Shape a future where healthy is the norm, Shape a standard of excellence in physical education and health education, Shape the lifelong habits of young people, and Shape and influence policy related to physical education and school health education." Read the news release here.

  Get 60 Minutes

Did you know that fewer than half of youth get the recommended 60 minutes of daily vigorous to moderate-level physical activity? A new interactive infographic from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) shows how students can meet those requirements, based on recommendations from the 2013 IOM report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School.

The IOM report says that even with busy schedules, youth can get 60 minutes of physical activity per day through taking advantage of active transport to and from school, classroom activity time, recess, physical education class, after-school programs, and intra and extramural sports.

  National Children's Dental Health Month - Dental is Fundamental, Social Media Tips

Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP) has created a social media kit of 60 diverse children's dental health messages. The information in each message provides parents and the public with reliable information from CDHP and other leading oral health voices. The tips can be used, or revised to reflect your organization's needs, for Twitter, Facebook and blog posts. CDHP simply requests that you use the hashtag "Dental is Fundamental" on any Twitter or Facebook messages.

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  Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program SY14-15 Applications Released

Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS) has released the application for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for school year 2014-2015. The FFVP is an important tool in the effort to combat childhood obesity. The program has been successful in introducing school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample.

Click here to visit the FFVP page, and to access the applications. If your school has previously participated in the FFVP program, use the previous participant application. If your school has never participated before, please use the new participant application.

Applications may be emailed, faxed, or mailed. The deadline to submit is Monday, March 24, 2014. If you do not receive notification of the application being received, please follow up with Rob Ingalls, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Coordinator, South Dakota Department of Education at rob.ingalls@state.sd.us or (605) 773-2977.

  Harvest of the Month Mini-Grants Available

The South Dakota Department of Health and SDSU Extension are collaborating to provide resources so that children in South Dakota can actively participate in education about and tasting of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Harvest of the Month (HOM) mini-grants, offered for spring and summer of 2014, are open to schools, after school programs, preschools, and summer programs.

Agencies may apply for a mini-grant based on the total enrollment of the classes who will experience HOM: up to 100 children=$125, 101 to 200 children=$250, 201 to 400 children=$500. Applications will be accepted until all available funds are committed. The application is available to download from the Healthy SD website or the SD Harvest of the Month website.

Contact Karlys Wells at Karlys.wells@sdstate.edu or (605) 688-4039 with questions about the program and/or the application.


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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