- Tobacco Free School Policy Evaluation Project is Complete
- Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD (AP)
Tobacco Free School Policy Evaluation Project is Complete
Coordinated School Health partnered with the Tobacco Control Program and SDSU’s College of Nursing to assess SD school’s tobacco free policies. A total of 191 school entities participated. An individual report was sent to superintendents. The report included information about strengths and weaknesses of the policy and recommendations of what is needed to implement a comprehensive policy.
The report included a resource guide for policy implementation. The resource guide was loaded with materials such as the associated School Board SD Model Policy, training opportunities, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator contact information, online resources and Quit Line resources. Two of the Building Healthy Schools Project pilot schools were among the top scoring schools and four pilot schools had comprehensive policies.
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD (AP)
A South Dakota woman who lives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has received a $10,000 fellowship to teach healthy cooking to local school children. The Rapid City Journal reports that Shannon Freed received the grant from the National Audubon Society and Toyota.
Freed plans to create a food garden this spring and teach students at a reservation school how to plant, harvest and cook local plants. She is looking for a local school partner. Freed moved to the reservation with her husband in 2009 from California. She says one of the first things she noticed was the limited availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at the reservation's grocery stores.