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School Health Guidelines training coming up

The “School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity” training is fast approaching. This free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17, at the Kings Inn Conference Center in Pierre. Physical education and health teachers, school nutrition directors, school health council members, administrators, community members, policy makers, parents, and students are invited to attend.

The School Health Guidelines training is designed to help schools develop or enhance school wellness policies, create healthier school environments, and promote healthy eating and physical activity. Each local educational agency that participates in the National School Lunch Program or other federal child nutrition programs is required by federal law to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools under its jurisdiction. For school year 2013-14, districts are encouraged to continue reviewing and assessing their local wellness policies and implementing the new requirements, which include accountability for local school wellness policy implementation, assessment and public updates.

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 include the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - South Dakota. For more information, call Karen Keyser, Health and Physical Education Specialist, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-6808.

Meals, mileage, lodging and substitute teacher pay will be reimbursed for up to three people per school district or agency. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kings Inn. Call (605) 224-5951 by March 3.

Click here for more information and to register.