- National Bike to School Day is May 9, 2012
- 41st Annual Conference and Industry Seminar July 31 – August 3, 2012
- LifeSkills Training
- Harvest of the Month Training
- Harrisburg Physical Education Clinic – June 19-20, 2012
- Using Literature to Teach Health – August 13-14, 2012

National Bike to School Day is May 9, 2012

Schools get ready for the first National Bike to School Day May! Building upon the success of International Walk to School Day each October, organizers of National Bike to School Day hope to draw attention to the importance of daily physical activity and biking to school. Your school could win a free bike rack for signing up. There are many ways to participate that are inclusive of all children and abilities. Promote biking to school, from designated routes, or biking events AT or AFTER school. Sign up now! www.walkbiketoschool.org

41st Annual Conference and Industry Seminar July 31 – August 3, 2012

The School Nutrition Association of South Dakota is hosting the 41st Annual Conference and Industry Seminar on July 31, 2012 with the theme, “Making the Right food Choices Together” A pre-conference workshop at the seminar is a salad bar training, a six hour class sponsored by the Department of Health’s, Coordinated School Health program and Team Nutrition. The training will be held at the Groton School. Attendance is limited to the first 25 applicants on a first come, first serve basis. Each participant will receive mileage, round trip from their home to the training, one day for meals and one night lodging at state rates. Click here for registration details.

LifeSkills Training

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. CLICK HERE to register. LifeSkills training will be held in:

Watertown — June 6-7, 2012
Spearfish — August 15-16, 2012

Harvest of the Month Training

Harvest of the Month (HOM) is a nutrition education program designed to expose elementary students to fruits and vegetables. The program can be implemented in a variety of ways within schools and out of school time programs. The program is designed to promote a different fruit or vegetable each month, using a prepared 20 minute lesson/presentation. The lessons provide information about nutritional value, how and where it is grown, and how it can be prepared. The lesson is followed by students taste testing the harvest of the month item.

This program has been implemented by elementary classroom teachers, physical education teachers, parents, community health professional, and Teens as Teachers. Recipes and shopping tips are sent home to encourage families to try the items at home. The school cafeteria can support the lesson by offering the monthly harvest item on the school lunch menu. Community grocery stores also have been a great partner by promoting Harvest of the Month items in their stores.

There will be three opportunities for receiving training on the Harvest of the Month program: June 5-6, June 12-13, or August 7-8. The training will include HOM implementation as well as gardening techniques and resources. This training is provided through a partnership of the following organizations: Team Nutrition & Coordinated School Health in the Department of Education, SD Discovery Center, SD Extension, and the Department of Department of Health Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Schools may apply for funds to send two staff members to the training. Additional funding will be available for implementing the program.

For more information go to the Harvest of the Month website www.sdharvestofthemonth.org or call Mary Kirk at (605) 773-4718.

Harrisburg Physical Education Clinic – June 19-20, 2012

The 4th annual Harrisburg Physical Education Clinic will be held June 19-20, 2012 at the Harrisburg High School Gym. A variety of session topics will be offered including Peer Aggression: Relational Aggression and Bullying; Drug Use and Other Choices; Nutrition/Obesity/Diabetes as well as Power Racing, Boot Camp, and Archery in the School.

Questions about the clinic can be directed to Ronette.Costain@k12.sd.us or (605) 743-5326.

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Using Literature to Teach Health – August 13-14, 2012

Planning for instruction that will advance the health literacy of our students is just a page turn away! Elementary, middle school, and high school teachers responsible for health education in their school district as well as librarians, nurses, counselors and curriculum directors are encouraged to attend the Using Literature to Teach Health training August 13-14, 2012 at the Young Center on the campus of Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD.

Participants will receive the Using Literature to Teach Health Teacher’s Guide and $250 towards the purchase of books that include a health content area or health skill(s). In addition, Coordinated School Health will cover travel expenses (meals, mileage, lodging and substitute teacher fees) for all participants.

Click here for more information and to register.

Upcoming Events
May 2012