October 2012


2011 South Dakota Youth Tobacco Survey

A report on the key findings from the 2011 South Dakota Youth Tobacco Survey (SDYTS) is now available. The SDYTS is a comprehensive survey of tobacco use, access to tobacco, cessation, knowledge and attitudes about tobacco, and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke among youth in grades 6, 7 and 8.

The South Dakota Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program has conducted the SDYTS in odd numbered years since 1999. The survey results provide valuable data that can be used to track trends in South Dakota, and to prioritize work necessary to prevent people from starting to use tobacco products, help current tobacco users quit, and reduce nonsmokers’ exposure to secondhand smoke.

South Dakota 4-H “Teens as Teachers" Program Seeking Applicants

South Dakota 4-H, in partnership with Coordinated School Health in the Departments of Education and Health, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and the SD Discovery Center, is seeking applicants for the Strong Bodies, Strong Future “Teens as Teachers” youth development program. All South Dakota schools and out-of-school time programs are eligible to apply. Applications are due by Monday, October 22, 2012.

The Strong Bodies, Strong Futures “Teens as Teachers” program uses high school students as teachers in the classroom. Teens learn how to write lesson plans related to healthy living, eating well, exercise, heart healthy choices and etc., cooperate with other entities, create newsletters and complete a Community Health Challenge as a part of the project. Each student who completes the requirements of the program will receive a $500 scholarship from the South Dakota 4-H Foundation. The scholarship can be used to attend any post-secondary school.

For further questions about this program and its benefits to youth contact Suzy Geppert, Youth Partnerships Field Specialist at (605) 773-8120 or Suzanne.geppert@sdstate.edu

Fitness Testing Has Changed for the Better

The Presidential Youth Fitness Program has adopted the FITNESSGRAM® assessment. Fitnessgram is a health-related, criterion-based assessment, which means it helps minimize comparisons between children and instead supports students as they pursue personal fitness goals for lifelong health.

First developed in 1982 by The Cooper Institute, the assessment measures health-related fitness through a variety of items designed to assess aerobic capacity, muscle strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Each score is evaluated using the Healthy Fitness Zone® standards.

Nutrition + Activity = Better Academic Performance and Health

Studies show a connection between nutrition, physical activity and students' academic performance. When kids' basic nutrition and activity needs are met, they have the energy to learn and achieve. Click Here to learn how to ignite a healthy environment at your school.

So what are the academic benefits of nutrition and physical activity? Research shows that well-nourished, active kids:

• achieve better test scores in reading, writing, and math
• are alert and more prepared to learn
• are more likely to attend school
• show improved ability to concentrate on their work
• are better able to perform complex tasks
• have higher self-esteem
• manage stress and anxiety better
• are healthier overall, that is, less likely to become ill


Tobacco Control Program Announces Funding Opportunity

The South Dakota Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for community and school-based tobacco prevention and control activities. Application forms are now available on the Community/School Partnership grants website.

If you are interested in applying, please visit the website to view the grant application packet as well as resources that will provide information to help you write your grant application.

The deadline for application submissions is October 15, 2012.

Nationwide Healthy School Makeover Contest

SPARK Physical Education has teamed-up with other leading health and physical education organizations to provide a nationwide Healthy School Makeover Contest, with the winner receiving a grand prize worth $45,000 in educational materials, training, and equipment!

Nominate your school by submitting a short video explaining why your school needs a healthy school makeover and how you'll use the Grand Prize award to improve the health of your students.

Deadline: October 31, 2012 - Award Amount: $45,000


New Online Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool

The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) is now available both in print and in an interactive online version. The PECAT is a self-assessment and planning guide developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is designed to help school districts and schools conduct clear, complete, and consistent analyses of physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards.

The new online version guides you through each step of the process, allowing you to save your responses while working, calculate your module scores automatically, and develop your plan for improvement through a secure, user-friendly system. It also enables you to archive previous versions of the PECAT for future use, and lets you print and share scorecards and results with team members, administrators, and others.

For more information about the PECAT and to access the online tool, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/PECAT/index.htm.

School Health Index

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has developed the School Health Index (SHI), a self-assessment and planning tool, to help schools identify strengths and weakness of their school’s health and safety policies and programs and to develop an action plan for improving student 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. The SHI contains 8 modules, structured around CDC's eight-component model of coordinated school health. This model highlights the importance of involving all eight components, which can have a powerful impact on student health behaviors.

Copies of the SHI are available free of charge. You can interactively complete, download, print, or order copies online or request a copy by email at cdcinfo@cdc.gov or by phone at 1-800-CDC-INFO.

Stop Bullying Now

Get tips, facts, toolkits, training materials, and more at StopBullying.gov The site provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

StopBullying.gov coordinates closely with the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Steering Committee, an interagency effort led by the U. S. Department of Education that works to coordinate policy, research, and communications on bullying topics.

Delta Dental of South Dakota Offers Free Curriculum

Whole mouth health is closely linked to whole body health. An estimated 51 million school hours per year are lost because of dental-related illnesses. Students with untreated dental decay may have trouble concentrating, learning, have frequent absences from school and can develop permanent disabilities that affect their ability to learn and grow.

Fortunately, opportunities exist in our school systems to educate children on the importance of good oral health. Delta Dental of South Dakota is pleased to provide schools with a free educational flash drive with a full curriculum related to dental health issues. Health education content areas covered in the curriculum include Alcohol and Other Drugs, Tobacco, Nutrition and Injury Prevention.

The educational flash drive will be mailed to all public school Nurses/Health Educators by November 1, 2012. All those who are responsible for teaching health would benefit from having this curriculum.

Please contact Jean Gross, Regional Educator with Delta Dental of South Dakota at jeandrdh@sio.midco.net to obtain your free copy of the curriculum.

Upcoming Events

Parent Engagement Conference – October 27, 2012

The South Dakota Department of Education and South Dakota Parent Information Resource Network have put together information packed day for the 5th annual conference for parents. The conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CST) on Saturday, October 27 at the Best Western Ramkota, Rapid City, SD.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Michael Dorn from Safe Havens International and the topic is bullying. While the primary audience is families, the information Michael has is useful for teachers and school staff. To learn more about Michael Dorn’s work visit the Safe Haven International website.

Additional conference sessions will cover tips for good nutrition, games and activities for families to support learning at home, and family financial literacy.

“Get Connected” at the 2012 SDAHPERD Convention – November 7-9, 2012

“Get Connected” is the theme for the 2012 South Dakota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SDAHPERD) Convention held November 7-9, 2012 at the Spearfish Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Spearfish, SD.

The keynote speaker for the convention is Jean Blaydes Madigan, an internationally known educational consultant, speaker and author on the subject of how brain research supports the link of movement to enhanced learning.

Teens Against Tobacco Use

Developed jointly by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association, >Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) is a tobacco prevention program designed to help teens teach younger children about the hazards of tobacco use and the benefits of making healthy choices.

The TATU trainings are sponsored by Black Hills Special Services Cooperative and the SD Department of Health. The Fall 2012 TATU training dates include:

Western/Central Region:
October 3 in Sturgis
October 5 in Hot Springs
November 14 in Rapid City
November 28 in Pierre
December 12 in Chamberlain

Northeast Region:
October 17 in Watertown
November 7 in Aberdeen

Southeast Region:
October 25 in Sioux Falls
November 1 in Sioux Falls

Not on Tobacco Trainings

Teachers, counselors, nurses, youth coordinators or health educators interested in helping teens stop smoking or reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke; increase their healthy lifestyle behaviors; and improve their life-management skills are encouraged to attend the Not on Tobacco (N-O-T) facilitator training. Click here for the training schedule and registration form.

N-O-T is the American Lung Association's voluntary program for teens who want to quit smoking. It is the most researched, most widely used and most successful such program in the United States.

Facilitator training is being provided free‐of‐ charge (including reimbursement for travel costs and substitute teacher pay) according to the schedule listed below. Mini‐grants are also available to schools that complete the training. The N-O-T facilitator trainings are sponsored by Black Hills Special Services Cooperative and the SD Department of Health. The Fall 2012 N‐O‐T Training dates are:

- Western/Central Region: October 10, 2012 in Pierre.
- Southeast/Northeast Region: December 5, 2012 in Brookings.

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.

Contact Amy Beshara, HIV Prevention Coordinator, in the SD Department of Education at 773-6898 or amy.beshara@state.sd.us for information on attaining funds to cover the cost of the online professional development opportunities.

Success Stories

White River School District Strives to Build a Healthy School

The White River School District’s efforts to build a healthy school were recently recognized by Marilyn Forst, Building Healthy Schools Project Coordinator for Coordinated School Health in the SD Departments of Education and Health. Marilyn provides training, technical assistance and resources to White River and 5 other school districts who are a part of Coordinated School Health’s Building Healthy School project.

The White River school district is very fortunate to have a strong coalition developed between its school health council and the Michael Glynn Memorial Coalition. (MGM Coalition).

The MGM Coalition was established after a tragic accident of high school student Michael Glynn, the day following his graduation. Michael’s mother, Joyce Glynn, is a remarkable lady who has dedicated herself to safety and wellness of others, especially youth. Joyce serves on the White River School Health Council (WRSHC) while keeping alive the memory of her precious son through the MGM Coalition. The WRSHC is chaired by school nurse Kendra Earll.

The WRSHC has several events and activities planned for the month of October that support Substance Abuse Prevention and Red Ribbon Week. A “kick-off” event is Prevention Day for high school students. Scheduled sessions include Tobacco-Use Prevention, Drug and Alcohol Prevention, Suicide Prevention, Impaired Driving Prevention, Energy Drinks Awareness, and Teen Dating Violence Prevention. During Red Ribbon Week, all staff will be presented with Red Ribbon pins and students will be involved in contests, making Red Ribbon Pledge Walls, dressing in thematic clothes, and receiving prevention education and incentives. A video clip of the month’s activities will be shared with school staff by students.

It doesn’t stop there! October continues with students showing appreciation and recognition to the School Board, Tribal Council, City Council, County Commissioners and Law Enforcement Officers for supporting efforts to educate students about at-risk behaviors, prevention and keeping the community safe.

The majority of White River staff has been trained in Olweus, an evidence-based bullying prevention program. Coordinated School Health funds will assist with purchasing curriculum materials this year.

The positive results of last year’s “Tell It To Me Straight” parent event, is influencing WRSHC members to schedule another Tell It To Me Straight event and, possibly, hosting a “Reality Party”.

A bigger and stronger TATU (Students Against Tobacco Use) is hoped for as students will attend TATU Training in November. SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) students will attend training in October.

Should you be interested in knowing more about the White River School District’s projects, events, the coalition and successes, contact Kendra Earll at Kendra.earll@k12.sd.us or (605) 259-3135. Marilyn Forst is available, upon request, to provide training, technical assistance and resources to all school districts in ESA 3 and ESA 6. Contact Marilyn at Marilyn.forst@k12.sd.us or (605) 995-8997.