Using Literature to Teach Health - Just a page-turn away! - March 14-15, 2011

Planning for instruction that will advance the health literacy of our student population is just a page turn-away! Elementary, middle school and high school teachers responsible for health education in their school districts as well as librarians, nurses, counselors and curriculum directors are encouraged to attend the Using Literature to Teach Health training March 14-15, 2011 at the Crossroad Convention Center in Huron, SD. See the training flyer for detailed information.

Participants will receive the Using Literature to Teach Health Teacher's Guide and $250 towards the purchase of recommended book selections in this K-12 teacher guide. In addition, Coordinated School Health will cover travel expenses (to include meals, mileage, lodging and substitute teacher fees) for all participants.

The registration deadline for this training is March 9, 2011.

New Dietary Guidelines For Americans Released

US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government's evidence-based nutritional guidance to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.

Because more than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, the 7th edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans places stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity The 2010 Dietary Guidelines are available at www.dietaryguidelines.gov . For more information on dietary guidelines, see www.healthfinder.gov/prevention.

Celebrate Let’s Move In School

Let’s Move in School (LMIS) is a national initiative to increase physical activity before, during, and after school. The first 10,000 schools to register will receive a LMIS poster, and one lucky school will win a visit from a President's Council for Fitness, Sports & Nutrition member – a federal supporter of this initiative. Schools can choose from a variety of fun activities that will get students moving and bring attention to the importance of physical education and physical activity. To register a school celebration, find out more about the initiative, and access promotional videos, tools and more, visit www.LetsMoveInSchool.org.

Summer Feeding Program Funding Available

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set a cycle of poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need. Under this program, all children eat meals at no charge. Reimbursement for the SFSP is paid based on meals served according to the USDA’s Child Nutrition Programs. The income guidelines are the same as the reduced price guidelines in the National School Lunch Program or Child and Adult Care Food Program. A brochure which describes the program and reimbursement rates and other information is available at the Child and Adult Nutrition Services website http://doe.sd.gov/cans/sfsp.asp.

Upcoming Events

HIV/AIDS Education 101 Training *Cancelled*

The HIV/AIDS Education 101 Training for March 3, 2011 has been cancelled. If you would like more information regarding HIV Prevention, contact Amy Beshara, HIV Prevention Coordinator, at 605-773-6898.

Using Literature to Teach Health - March 14-15, 2011

Coordinated School Health will be hosting training on March 14-15, 2011 in Huron, SD titled: Using Literature to Teach Health. The training is designed to help teachers make connections between the health knowledge and skills their students should achieve in order to become health literate and the books they integrate into their daily lessons on reading and writing. Elementary, middle school and high school teachers responsible for health education in their school districts are encouraged to attend. To register for the training, click here.

Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute - March 29-30, 2011

The South Dakota Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program encourages you to make plans to attend the 2011 Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute March 29-30, 2011. The workshop will be held at the AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Fort Pierre, SD. Key topics include Tobacco 101, Smoke Free vs. Tobacco Free, Youth Engagement, Policy Work, Lobbying vs. Advocacy, Coalition Involvement and Strengthening Partnerships. Scholarships are available for lodging and per diem. Registration closes March 16, 2011.

Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute
March 29-30, Fort Pierre

The South Dakota Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program is sponsoring the 2011 Spring Tobacco Prevention Institute March 29-30, 2011. The workshop will be held at the AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Fort Pierre, SD. Key topics include Tobacco 101, Smoke Free vs. Tobacco Free, Youth Engagement, Policy Work, and Lobbying vs. Advocacy, Coalition Involvement and Strengthening Partnerships. Scholarships are available for lodging and per diem.

Click here to download registrations form. Registration closes March 16, 2011.

National School Breakfast Week - March 7-11, 2011

Child and Adult Nutrition Services encourage schools to celebrate March as National Nutrition Month by promoting National School Breakfast week March 7-11. This year’s theme is “School Breakfast Detectives: The Search for Super Energy”. The School Nutrition Association has a toolkit with excellent promotional materials and resources for promoting this event!

Deadwood Mickelson Trail KIDS Marathon - June 4, 2011

Kids will walk, jog, or run 25 miles in the months leading up to the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon in June and record their miles on the Mileage Tracker and bring it completed to the Final 2K Kids Marathon Race on June 4th to finish their last 1.2 miles (2K) in style at the marathon finish line. Miles can be done around the neighborhood, at school, and with family and friends…just make sure to pick safe routes. All registered participants will receive a t-shirt and Marathon Finisher’s Medal.

For more information and to register visit: www.DeadwoodMickelsonTrailMarathon.com
Questions: Emily Wheeler, info@deadwoodmickelsontrailmarathon.com, 605-390-6137

WeCAN! Training
July 12-13, Chamberlain

The WeCAN! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) program from the National Heat, Lung, and Blood Institute will be offering a 15 hour workshop for 3-5 member teams on July 12-13, 2011 in Chamberlain. Schools, after school programs, and child feeding agencies will receive free curriculum and extensive training to create healthier environments. All expenses will be paid for up to 5 team members. Schools and agencies can receive four different curricula at no charge.
• S.M.A.R.T. (Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television)
• Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active
• Catch Kids Club

At the workshop teams will have the opportunity to write for an additional $2,000 grant to evaluate their site’s nutrition environment and make changes to create a healthier nutrition and physical activity environment in their community. Participating teams must sponsor two activities in the next year as proof of implementation. The mini grant funds can be used to conduct training for other staff members, plan curriculum implementation using stipends for summer hours, assess the nutrition environment and plan changes. Community team should include school/agency representatives, parents and community members.

For more information on applying for the WeCAN! training and implementation mini grants contact Mary Kirk, Team Nutrition Coordination with the South Dakota Department of Edcation, (605) 773-4718 or mary.kirk@state.sd.us.

Go to http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/index.htm for more information on WeCAN!


Funding Available to Support Worksite Wellness Programs

The Department of Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Program has funds available to start or enhance worksite wellness programming. Eligible projects will be awarded up to $2,500 with 3-5 applicants being funded. This is an opportunity for your workplace to send a positive, supportive message about the importance of healthy eating, physical activity, and a tobacco-free lifestyle through environment and/or policy change. Schools are eligible to apply! Applications are due April 1, 2011.

Safe Routes to Schools Applications Now Open

Public and private schools, municipalities and child safety and health advocates can apply on behalf of grades K-8 for Safe Routes to School funding from DOT. Funds can be used to:

• Facilitate the implementation of projects and activities that will improve the safety of children in the vicinity of K-8 schools
• Encourage a healthy and active lifestyle through walking and bicycling to school.

Applications are due March 24, 2011.

Funding Available to Support Abstinence Education (ages 9-11)

The South Dakota Department of Health, Office of Family and Community Health is soliciting proposals for the 2010 Abstinence Education Program. The target population for this education is 9-11 year olds, at least 50% of whom are Native American. The funds for FY 2010 must be spent by September 30, 2011. Proposals must be received by April 21, 2011. To request a copy of the RFP, please call 773-3361.


School Height Weight Data Collection - Submit School Data! Many schools have already submitted their 2010-2011 height and weight data, but there is still time for schools to participate! The South Dakota Department of Health and the Department of Education ask schools to submit student height and weight data for kindergarten, elementary and high school students. The voluntary program to track state, regional and local level childhood obesity in South Dakota has been underway since 1998. Schools have found the data useful for documenting need in grant proposals and tracking progress over time. Below are resources that are useful for submitting data:

• Instructions for Using Infinite Campus to Submit Data
• Data Collection Form - Word | Excel
• Instruction Sheet
• Sample Letter to Parents Regarding Screening

Tobacco Resources Available To Schools

The Tobacco program coordinates state efforts to prevent people from starting to use tobacco products, help current tobacco users quit, and reduce nonsmokers' exposure to second-hand smoke. Check below for resources for schools.

• Tobacco-Free School Policy Checklist
• Local Tobacco Prevention Coordinators - contact to request assistance or learn about tobacco prevention activities in your area
• Tobacco Prevention Toolkit for K-12 Schools
• BeFreeSD.com: Live, Work and Play —Tobacco-Free - Tobacco-free options for you and your family
• South Dakota Smoke-Free Law FAQ
• South Dakota QuitLine - 1-866-SD-QUITS (1-866-737-8487)- toll-free telephone line to provide tobacco users counseling support as they try to quit

The Department Of Health Is Offering Free T-dap Vaccines

Currently the Department of Health is offering free T-dap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine for all children 11-14 years of age. The National Immunization survey says one out of five adolescents have received the T-dap vaccine, leaving many susceptible to disease. See poster below for more information.

How Healthy Is Your Concession Stand?

Be one of the first to invest in healthier options for concessions at youth sporting events. This model policy was created to help local communities improve the concession stand or C-stand nutrition environment to promote healthy eating among youth and families.

The new Healthy SD Concessions Model Policy is your guide to serving healthier items - outlining foods and beverages that are green-light good and those red-light items that should be avoided. You'll find tips and strategies to help you overcome common barriers, put a plan in place, and help promote your healthier selections!

Success Stories

Iroquois School District Overweight Rate Dropped 3.7% In Two Years The Iroquois School District has continued to educate children and adults about nutrition. A wellness committee was formed and has implemented programs to help look at the total wellness of the students. The committee has applied for a grant to help improve the curriculum offered to high school students about wellness. Two students have enrolled in an online health education class through DIAL and several students from the FACS classes have posted informational posters throughout the building. Gabrielle Testerman, District Wellness Coordinator has been hard at work educating staff and students about total wellness. At the elementary level, staff encouraged healthier snacks, changed noon recess to before lunch and support student activity through Physical Education and recess.

Submitted by: Lori Wehlander, Superintendent/Elementary Principal