December 2012


CDC Releases New Resource on Parent Engagement

Research shows that parent engagement in schools is closely linked to better student behavior, higher academic achievement, and enhanced social skills. Parent engagement also makes it more likely that children and adolescents will avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as sexual-risk behaviors and tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released new resources on parent engagement in school health based on theParent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health document ( released earlier this year. These resources, which include a facilitator’s guide for school staff development, PowerPoint slides, and fact sheets for school administrators, school staff, and parents, define and describe parent engagement in schools and identify specific strategies and actions that schools can take to increase parent engagement.

Visit the >CDC Healthy Youth Web site at to access the parent engagement resources.

South Dakota Model Wellness Policy Revised

South Dakota’s Model Wellness Policy ( was recently revised in response to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act which, when passed in 2010, increased the requirements for local wellness policies. The Act requires each local education agency participating in the National School Lunch Program or other child nutrition programs to establish a local school wellness policy for all schools under its jurisdiction. In addition, each local education agency must designate one or more local education agency officials to ensure that each school complies with the local wellness policy.

Child and Adult Nutrition (CANS) ( will be sponsoring training and providing tools to assist local education agencies in the process of updating their current wellness policies. The trainings will be held early next year (2013). More information about the trainings will be posted on the CANS website and included in the Coordinated School Health News Infused e-newsletter.

For additional information and technical assistance contact Mary Kirk, Team Nutrition Coordinator at or (605) 773-4718.

2012 Shape of the Nation Report

The 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA (, recently released by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the American Heart Association, finds that while 74.5 percent of states mandate physical education in elementary through high school, most still fail to require a specific amount of instructional time and nearly half allow exemptions, waivers and/or substitutions. The Shape of the Nation Report, raises awareness and provides data for an ongoing evaluation of the progress made and challenges that remain in physical education policies.

NASPE and the American Heart Association recommend that schools provide 150 minutes per week/30 minutes per day of instructional physical education for elementary school children, and 225 minutes per week/45 minutes per day for middle and high school students for the entire school year. Currently, no states follow these nationally recommended guidelines at all levels.

This year’s Shape of the Nation report includes new elements that address the areas of school physical activity requirements such as recess, classroom physical activity breaks, the use of physical activity as punishment, support for the Safe Routes to School program and local school wellness policies.

Visit the Shape of the Nation webpage for all of the supporting documents and to view individual state profiles:

CDC Releases School Health Index 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) is pleased to announce the release of the updated School Health Index (SHI). First released in 2000, the SHI is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.

New features for SHI 2012 include:
• Expanded focus that adds sexual health to the SHI health topics addressed, including policies and practices that schools can follow to help prevent HIV, STDs, and teen pregnancies.
• Revised cross-cutting modules on family and community involvement, health services, and mental health services.
• Updated nutrition content aligned with USDA requirements and recommendations from the Institute of Medicine.

SHI 2012 retains many of the previous features, such as:
• Offering elementary and middle/high school versions (for completion online or in hard copy).
• Reflecting the coordinated school health approach in its organization of modules.
• Addressing the key health topics of physical activity, nutrition, tobacco-use prevention, safety (unintentional injury and violence prevention), and asthma.
• Providing access to valuable complementary SHI materials, including training manuals, FAQs, and online help.

Ways schools can benefit by using SHI to promote student health include:
• Identifing strengths and weaknesses of health and safety policies and programs.
• Enabling schools to develop an action plan for improving student health, which can be incorporated into the School Improvement Plan.
• Engaging teachers, parents, students, and the community in promoting health-enhancing behaviors and improving health.

The SHI is based on CDC’s research-based guidelines for school health programs, which identify the policies and practices most likely to be effective in reducing youth health risk behaviors. School health programs can help students establish healthy behaviors early in life, with positive results that are both immediate and long lasting.

The SHI is available free of charge at You can select either the interactive, customizable online tool or the downloadable, printable version. Training manuals and other complementary materials also are available online.

The SHI 2012 update will not change users’ access to the online SHI. Login information will remain the same, and current users will be able to access the previous work completed by their team in the SHI.

For more information on the Division of Adolescent and School Health:
• Website:
• Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) • E-mail:


21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 2013-14 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants (21st CCLC) will be announced in January 2013. The new application and materials will be posted on the 21st Century Learning Center webpage ( by Jan. 1, 2013.

Information on the website includes the eligibility requirements, along with the application and other related documents.

To help potential applicants with the process, the 21st CCLC team will host two webinars. The webinars will provide guidance and a chance for questions. While not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the webinars.

Contact Sue Burgard at (605) 773-5238, or Jill Cotton at (605) 773-4693 with any questions regarding the 21st CCLC grant or application process.


Rx for Understanding

The National Education Association Health Information Network ( has released a new teaching resource, Rx for Understanding (, focused on the growing problem of prescription drug abuse and misuse. The resource includes 10 cross-curricular lessons for middle school students that are aligned with the National Health Education Standards ( and Common Core State Standards (

The lessons aim to equip students with the understanding and decision-making skills they need to recognize and avoid the dangers of misusing and abusing prescription drugs. The materials were developed with the support of an educational grant from Purdue Pharma L.P.

Designed to be used across the curriculum, the resources are available free of charge, in print ( and online (

Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum

Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy.

Curriculum components include:
• Teacher’s Guides
• Original Songs
• Poster
• Mini Poster
• Parent Handout
• Additional Games and Resources (Extra Helpings)

Have Fun with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Every time a child eats a piece of fruit or a vegetable, they are learning healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime. While serving fruits and vegetables, take a moment to discuss fun facts and information. Visit the SD Harvest of the Month webpage (, which features presentations on specific fruit and vegetables, talking points, handouts, and more! The information is free, and useful to anyone on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (, or if you just want to provide a more in depth health curriculum.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, authorized and funded under Section 19 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act operates in selected low-income elementary schools in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. States then select schools to participate based on criteria in the law, including the requirement that each student receives between $50 and $75 worth of fresh produce over the school year.

Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS) ( in the South Dakota Department of Education administers the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the state.

National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)

The foremost national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is a non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport.

NASPE’s 15,000 members include: K-12 physical education teachers, coaches, administrators, researchers, and college/university faculty who prepare professionals in these areas. NASPE seeks to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice, and increase support for high-quality physical education, sport and physical activity programs.

It is the largest of the five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). For more information, visit

Green Strides Webinar Series

The Green Strides Webinar Series offers sessions to learn how to reduce schools’ environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental literacy, including STEM, green careers, and civic engagement. To find out about many more sessions, go to:

Dec. 5, 2012, 2-3 p.m. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Programs ( (PCFSN)
Dec. 12, 2012, 4-5 p.m. Solar Energy: Power for Earth (, the ISS, and Exploring Other Worlds! ( (NASA)
Dec. 19, 2012, 4-6 p.m. Chipmunk Cheeks and Chicken Legs: Body Systems and Life in Space (
Jan. 9, 2013, 3-4 p.m. Using Remote Sensing to Quantify Changes over Time ( (NASA)
Jan. 16, 2013, 4-5 p.m. Food for Thought: Space Food and Nutrition (

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Upcoming Events

LifeSkills Curriculum Training – Dec. 10-11, 2012

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 smoke tobacco, to drink, and to use drugs.

LifeSKills Curriculum training will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., December 10-11, 2012 at Volunteers of America, 1309 West 51st Street, Sioux Falls, SD.

To register, go to:

Answer Online Professional Development

Coordinated School Health will provide funding to teachers interested in on-line professional development opportunities provided by Answer. Answer is a national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education in the U.S.

Answer offers a variety of online professional development opportunities designed to fit your busy schedule and your professional development needs. For more information about these in-depth six hour workshops, go to:

Contact Amy Beshara, HIV Prevention Coordinator, in the SD Department of Education at (605) 773-6898 or for information on attaining funds to cover the cost of the online professional development opportunities.

Answer – Upcoming Webinars

In addition to online workshops, Answer ( offers one-hour Webinar ( sessions on topics such as creating safe classroom environments, partnering with parents and more. Answer's webinars provide updates and valuable resources in an interactive, instructor-led format.

The webinars are scheduled at times that are convenient for youth-serving professionals nationwide. The next series of webinars include:

The Wonder Years: Teaching Sexuality Education in Middle School
Nov. 13, 2012 - 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET

Hooking Up? Friends With Benefits?: Making Sense of the Current Lingo
Dec. 5, 2012 - 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET

From the Classroom to the Clinic: Making Effective Linkages With Health Services
Dec. 13, 2012 - 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. ET

For more information and webinar pricing click on

South Dakota QuitLine Training and Resources

The South Dakota QuitLine (SDQL) offers training that can be helpful to school health professionals who interact with student tobacco users The South Dakota Department of Health has scheduled a number of webinars this fall designed to make that training available to anyone in the state. The reality is that we have students in our schools that use tobacco and at least half of them would like to quit using it. They usually don’t know that they can get help from the South Dakota QuitLine.

The webinars are delivered using your computer and a phone. If you haven't had a South Dakota QuitLine presentation in the last year, the SDQL 101 webinar is a terrific way to update yourself on the program and all it can offer South Dakota tobacco users, including those under the age of 18. To register for a SDQL 101 webinar or to learn more about the webinars use the following link:

For more information on the Tobacco Control Program, and to read facts about the issues that effect South Dakota, go to:

National Drugs Facts Week 2013 (new date)

The third annual National Drug Facts Week is a health observance week from January 28–February 3, 2013 to help teens shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse and to get factual answers through community-based events and activities. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) encourages communities across the country to organize educational events and activities for local teens.

You can get involved by working with local teens, schools, or community groups to organize an event or activity to raise awareness and offer teens real, factual information about drugs and drug abuse. To help, NIDA provides free of charge a step-by-step event toolkit, including a list of suggested activities, and the popular Drug Facts: Shatter the Myths booklet to distribute at your NDFW events. Order FREE booklets: Drug Facts: Shatter the Myths

Success Stories

Sandy Klarenbeek Recognized for Excellence in Health Education

Black Hills State University’s Sandy Klarenbeek was introduced as the 2012 Health Educator of the Year at the College/University Level during a special recognition banquet at the *SDAHPERD Conference in Spearfish, Nov. 8, 2012. The award is given in honor of her countless contributions to the improvement of the design and delivery of health education for all students and teachers across the state of South Dakota.

Sandy Klarenbeek has over 25 years of teaching experience both at the public school level and higher education level. She holds a M.S. degree from South Dakota State University, and is a nationally Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

In addition to the higher education duties, Sandy has worked as a health education consultant for Coordinated School Health in the South Dakota Department of Education for over 15 years. She is a lead trainer for the following professional development courses:
• Raising the Standards – A Skills-based Approach to Health Education
• Using Literature to Teach Health

Sandy was a member of the original writing team of the South Dakota Health Education Standards (1994) and subsequent Health Education Standards revision teams (2000 and 2010.) The standards are carefully designed to support schools, educators, families, and other stakeholders in helping students meet the primary goal of health education: for students to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.

Sandy has represented South Dakota’s Coordinated School Health program at the State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS), Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) for over 10 years. The SCASS-HEAP is a consortium comprised of program specialists, educators, representatives from state departments of education, school districts and higher education whose mission is to improve students’ health literacy through improved health instruction.

Sandy’s publications include Using Literature to Teach Health: A Teacher’s Guide to a HEAP of Books. This teacher-friendly handbook offers a resource for classroom teachers by identifying specific books to use when planning, teaching, and discussing health content topics and health skills.

Coordinated School Health staff in the SD Department of Education, who nominated Sandy for the award, wrote that “Sandy understands the importance of health education for our students as demonstrated by her contribution of time, talent, skills and knowledge. She has kept South Dakota moving toward excellence in health education.”

*South Dakota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance