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May 2014

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  Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth Released

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance recently released an evidence based report card of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in American children and youth. The report card reviewed multiple levels of influence that can affect physical activity habits and other healthy behaviors, including built environment, policy and intrapersonal factors.

This report can serve as an advocacy tool for decision makers by providing a level of accountability and call-to-action. Read the Executive Summary or Full Report to see how American children and youth scored.

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21st Century Community Learning Centers Conference
June 16-17, 2014

"Opening the World of Creativity, Caring, and Community" is the theme of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Conference to be held June 16-17, 2014 at the Ramkota River Centre in Pierre, SD. While the focus of the conference supports the efforts of those working with afterschool and summer programming, the material presented is valuable for anyone who works with young people.

Keynote speakers include Steve Culbertson, the developer of Global Youth Service Day, which is now active in 100 countries and T. Woody Sobey, Education Director at the Discovery Center of Idaho.

For more information, click here or call Sue Burgard, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-5238.

  LifeSkills Curriculum Training
June 10-11, 2014

LifeSkills Curriculum Training will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on June 10-11, 2014 at the Days Inn in Brookings, 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 use tobacco, drink, or use drugs. Additional details and registration information are available on the training flyer.

  S.T.E.M. in the Classroom, Kitchen and Garden

SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Discovery Center is hosting a two-day S.T.E.M. in the Classroom, Kitchen and Garden in Rapid City and Sioux Falls to demonstrate creative ways to connect science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) with garden-based learning and food science and nutrition education.

Participants can attend one or both days of the training for no charge, however on the garden training day, there will be an $8 fee to cover the lunch program. Training dates and locations are as follows:

Rapid City, S.D. - SDSU West River Ag Center, 1905 N. Plaza Drive
June 24, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. MDT (STEM Kitchen)
June 25, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. MDT (STEM Garden)

Sioux Falls, S.D. - Sioux Falls Regional Extension Center, 2001 E. 8th St.
July 9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT (STEM Garden)
July 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT (STEM Kitchen)

Click here for more information and to register.

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  Post-Secondary Tobacco Policy Toolkit

The South Dakota Department of Health Tobacco Control Program has released the Post-Secondary Tobacco Policy Toolkit. The downloadable toolkit is full of activities, ideas and resources to entertain and educate as post-secondary institutions work to develop, implement and enforce tobacco-free policies.

For more information contact Dee Dee Dugstad, Program Coordinator, South Dakota Department of Health at (605) 773-4932 or DeEtta.Dugstad@state.sd.us

  C.L.A.S.S. - A New Tool for Assessment of Physical Education Laws

A new tool from the National Institute of Health allows advocates, policy makers, and researchers to examine state-levels school physical education (PE) and nutrition policies. Specifically, the Classification of Laws Associated with School Students (C.L.A.S.S.) tool monitors and evaluates state-level policy classification systems; one to assess school physical education laws (PERSPCS) and the other to assess nutrition laws (SNESPCS).

Data are currently available from 2003-2012. PE-related policy areas covered in C.L.A.S.S. include:

• PE class time
• Physical activity time requirements
• Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in PE
• Staffing requirements for PE
• PE curriculum standards
• Proficiency requirements in PE
• Assessment of health-related fitness
• Recess time
• Joint use agreement for physical activity

  School Leaders: Keep Your Students with Food Allergies Safe at School

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) developed two one-page documents to highlight actions school boards and school administrators can take to support students with food allergies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published the national guidelines, available at www.foodallergy.org/CDC.

School Boards can adopt written policies that direct and support clear, consistent, and effective practices for managing the risk of food allergies and responding to food allergy emergencies.

School District Administrators can provide direct assistance to schools to help them meet the needs of students with food allergies, especially when the school does not have key staff, such as a doctor or a full-time registered nurse.

Food Allergy Research and Education works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.

  CDC Releases New Resource About Bullying and Suicide

CDC's Division of Violence Prevention has developed a new resource titled The Relationship between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What it Means for Schools. The resource provides school personnel with the most current research findings about the relationship between bullying and suicide among school-aged youth and action-oriented evidence-based suggestions to prevent and control bullying and suicide-related behavior in schools.

  Fact Sheet Outlines Strategies to Increase HPV Vaccination to Prevent Cervical Cancer

CDC has declared adolescent vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) one of the top five public health priorities of 2014. The President's Cancer Council also issued an urgent call to action in February. Learn more and access the fact sheet.


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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