- School Wellness Policy Summit - Save the Date!
- School Height and Weight Data Collection
- A New Partnership to Move More at School
- State Plan for Physical Activity and Nutrition Summary

School Wellness Policy Summit - Save the Date!

A School Wellness Policy Summit will be held on June 6, 2013 from 9:00-4:00 p.m. at Cedar Shores Resort in Chamberlain, SD. The summit is designed to assist school districts in updating their school wellness policy and to provide tools for effective implementation.

School districts are required to have a model wellness policy as outlined in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFK Act). The HHFK Act strengthens existing requirements for wellness policies. The new requirements are to be implemented by the 2013-2014 school year and will be assessed as part of the administrative review for the National School Lunch Program.

Meals and mileage will be reimbursed for a team of up to 3 people from each district. One of the team members must be an administrator or a school board member. More information, including how to register, will be posted on the Team Nutrition website by April 5. Or you may contact Mary Kirk, Team Nutrition Coordinator, at (605) 773-4718 or Mary.Kirk@state.sd.us.

The School Wellness Policy summit is sponsored by Team Nutrition, in the South Dakota Department of Education and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

School Height and Weight Data Collection

In an effort to address the obesity epidemic in SD, the Department of Health (DOH) along with the Department of Education (DOE) have partnered with schools to collect current height and weight data on school age children. Data for the 2012-13 school year will be accepted at any time during the school year but must be submitted no later than June 15, 2013, for inclusion in the analysis.

Student’s height and weight can be entered on the Infinite Campus system. Easy to follow instructions for using Infinite Campus can be found at: doh.sd.gov/SchoolWeight/. This web site also has resources to assist with data collection, instructions for taking accurate measurements, and information for maintaining confidentiality.

If you do not have access to this data collection system, please contact your Infinite Campus administrator or principal to receive permission to enter data and extract reports. If that is not possible or your school does not use Infinite Campus for other school records, submit the height and weight data in an Excel spreadsheet following the instructions on the web site listed above, or in a Word file if other options do not work. When submitting Height and Weight data via Infinite Campus, schools also need to prepare an extract and send that file to Carrie Cushing via email as an html or csv file to Carrie.Cushing@state.sd.us

A New Partnership to Move More at School

Let's Move! Active Schools, a new initiative by First Lady Michelle Obama, recently announced a new partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Let's Move! Active Schools organizations, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, and Nike, have united around one vision to create an America in which physical activity is held as a core value.

The two key objectives are:
• Create early positive experiences for kids in sport and physical activity.
• Integrate physical activity into everyday life.

Click here to join Let’s Move! Active Schools and get the tools and support you need to increase physical activity for your students.

State Plan for Physical Activity and Nutrition Summary

The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) released an executive summary of recent efforts conducted to increase healthy eating and physical activity. Go to the Healthy SD website to learn more.

The State Plan for Physical Activity and Nutrition was created in 2006 and updated in 2010. The plan details ways to reduce overweight and obesity and the subsequent risk for chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes. It is available at 2010 Plan.

April 2013