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For Immediate Release: February 18, 2005
Contact: Mary Stadick-Smith - (605) 773-7228

TEAM Nutrition Grants Promote Healthy Lifestyle Habits for Youth

Fourteen schools and agencies have received a total of $12,000 in South Dakota TEAM Nutrition mini-grants. The grants will fund projects such as a parent-child fun run, a gardening venture for students, walking programs and menu-planning activities.

“Team Nutrition was started by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to address childhood obesity and to help schools implement policies that foster healthy children,” said Dr. Rick Melmer, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Education. “The South Dakota Department of Education is happy to facilitate programs that address childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyle habits.”

The 14 groups that received TEAM Nutrition mini-grants include:
  • Black Hills Children’s Home, Rapid City
  • Center for Children and Families, Vermillion
  • Colman-Egan School District
  • Enemy Swim Day School, Waubay
  • Eureka School District
  • Kimball School District
  • Madison Central School District
  • Marty Indian School
  • Pierre School District
  • Redfield School District
  • Rutland School District
  • Sioux Falls Children’s Home
  • St. Mary’s School, Dell Rapids
  • University of South Dakota’s Vucurevich Children’s Center
In 2002-03, 16.6 percent of students ages 5-19 were overweight, according to the South Dakota Department of Health’s School Height and Weight Report. Another 16.7 percent were at risk for being overweight.

“Being overweight brings with it a whole host of problems including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease,” Melmer said. “Our best chance to head off these problems is to prevent them early on through programs such as TEAM Nutrition.”

TEAM Nutrition Website