May 2013


School Wellness Policy Summit –June 6, 2013

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 2013-14 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.

The School Wellness Policy summit is sponsored by Team Nutrition, in the South Dakota Department of Education and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Contact Mary Kirk, Team Nutrition Coordinator, at (605) 773-4718 or for more information.

Improving School Health Through School Health Advisory Councils

Collaborative efforts among family, community and the schools are the most effective approaches for improving the health of young people. One effective way to promote this partnership is to implement a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).

The SHAC is made up of a broad cross-section of parents, business and community leaders, and school personnel. The SHAC facilitates communication and problem solving about health-related issues of children and youth.

Ideally, the SHAC includes representation from each of the eight components of a coordinated school health program. Coordinated school health is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a strategy for improving students' health and learning in our nation’s schools.

Increasing Physical Activity Through Recess

Schools can provide excellent opportunities for children to be physically active through regular recess. A brief, published by Active Living Research, summarizes the growing body of research examining recess, which shows that providing recess during the school day is an effective and efficient way to increase physical activity and improve academic performance among children.

School Height/Weight Data Collection

Data for the 2012-2013 school year will be accepted at any time during the year but must be submitted no later than June 15, 2013, for inclusion in this year’s analysis. To save school staff time, heights and weights can be entered on the Infinite Campus system. We strongly encourage you to use this convenient method as it saves both school and state agency staff time. Easy to follow instructions for using the Infinite Campus system can be found at:

Resources to assist with your data collection and obesity prevention activities are available at: This web site also has 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, please 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.


Fuel Up to Play 60

Up to $4,000 per year is available to any qualifying K-12 school enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. The competitive, nationwide funding program can help your school jump start and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements.

The application deadline is June 4, 2013 (If approved for funding, the money will be distributed after June 30, 2013, and will count toward the school’s funding for the 2013-14 school year.) Your school must be enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 for the 2012-13 school year to be eligible to apply for funds.


The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just released a 5-year follow-up report to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth provides recommendations for increasing physical activity levels of American youth across five key settings:
• Schools
• Preschool and Childcare
• Community
• Home
• Healthcare
The report stresses that children need 60 minutes or more per day for active play.

Infographic on Physical Activity in Schools

The National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE), is excited to share a second infographic that highlights missed opportunities for increasing physical activity outside of physical education class in schools.

See which states are taking steps to create more opportunities to get kids moving and which are not. Be sure to also check out NASPE's first infographic, showcasing the status of physical education in schools.

NASPE welcomes you to share the infographics through social media, emails, and other communication platforms to educate others and advocate for physical education and increased physical activity in schools.

The information in this inaugural series stems from data collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the 2012 Shape of the Nation Report.

Counter Tobacco Activities

Counter Tobacco has designed three new youth engagement activities to help uncover point-of-sale (POS) issues in our communities. The resources assist with knowing the most effective ways to mobilize youth to address and curb tobacco activities within their neighborhoods. These youth engagement activities can be found at:

The POS is currently the lead channel for tobacco industry marketing. In 2010, the tobacco industry spent $7 billion dollars on ads, displays and discount pricing, activities that make it easier for youth to begin smoking and harder to quit. Go to this site for further info: COUNTERTOBACCO.ORG/WHY-RETAIL-TOBACCO-CONTROL-IMPORTANT.

MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum Now Available

Team Nutrition is pleased to announce the availability of printed copies of Serving Up MyPlate classroom materials for grades 1-6. Schools participating in the Child Nutrition programs may request the free printed materials – Teacher’s Guides, Eat Smart To Play Hard With MyPlate poster and mini-posters, and MyPlate at Home parent materials.

Serving Up MyPlate go to:

Order materials:

Upcoming Events

LifeSkills Curriculum Training – May 29-30, 2013

LifeSkills Curriculum Training will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on May 29-30, 2013 at Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, SD.

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 Additional details are available on the training flyer.

2013 South Dakota Indian Education Summit

The South Dakota Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2013 South Dakota Indian Education Summit. Deadline is May 31, 2013.

Go to: for more information.

21st Century Community Learning Center Conference - June 17-18, 2013

Finding Joy in Life and Literacy is the theme of the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Conference to be held June 17-18, 2013 at the Ramkota Conference Center in Pierre, SD.

Conference presenters include Dr. Stuart Brown, the foremost “practical champion of the knowledge of play”; award winning children’s author Denise Brennan-Nelson; Jacquie McTaggart, retired teacher and author of From the Teacher’s Desk and Carrie Brockway, elementary principal and consultant for Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks, a consulting and publishing company specializing in games and teaching strategies.

The conference is free to all 21st CCLC directors, staff and volunteers. For all other interested individuals, the cost is $50.00 which covers meals and supplies.

Go to: for additional information.
To register, go to: Deadline to register is May 24, 2013.

Answer’s Online Workshop - Boys and Sex Ed: Beyond Statistics and Stereotypes

Answer's latest online workshop, Boys and Sex Ed: Beyond Statistics and Stereotypes, can help to understand how boys think, feel and learn about sexuality. Workshop participants will learn how to teach in ways that resonate specifically with boys.

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

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.

Harvest of the Month Training – July 2013

Training on the Harvest of the Month (HOM) nutrition education program will be July 9-10, 2013 in Sioux Falls, SD and July 23-24 in Rapid City, SD.

HOM 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. The training also includes gardening techniques and resources.

Schools may apply for funds to send two staff members to the training.

Early Childhood Mental Health Conference – July 9-10, 2013

The Early Childhood Mental Health Conference, hosted by South Dakota Voices for Children, will be held July 9-10, 2013 at the Ramkota Hotel in Pierre, SD.

Featured speakers include Dr. Gerard Costa, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair (NJ) State University; Dr. Gerard Jacobs, Disaster Mental Health Institute, University of South Dakota; and Dr. Robert Block, immediate past president, American Academy of Pediatrics.

The cost to attend the conference is $70 if registered by May 31, 2013 or $80 after this date. One day registration is $45. Continuing Education Units (CEU) and graduate credit are available.

Check the South Dakota Voices for Children website for additional information.

Success Stories

Tobacco Prevention Donation

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 White River School District is one of six school districts that Coordinated School Health in the Departments of Education and Health has assisted in developing and enhancing a school health council in their district through the Building Healthy Schools (BHS) Project . School nurse, Kendra Earll, is the chairman of the WRSHC.

The MGM Coalition recently donated a variety of tobacco prevention teaching aids to the White River School District. The intent of the teaching aids is to deter students from smoking cigarettes and using tobacco products. The teaching aids include:

• “Tar in a Jar”, which depicts how much tar enters the lungs of a person in one year if they smoke a half-pack of cigarettes per day

• “Clem’s Phlegm,” which shows the large amount of phlegm a person with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) will cough up in a two-week time span

• “Mr. Dip Lip.”, a pliable and realistic impression of the mouth and teeth of a person who consistently chews tobacco

The teaching aids are available for purchase from Nasco - Hands on Health. School districts may utilize their Tobacco Prevention Funds to purchase the teaching aids. The teaching aids are also available for check-out from any of the four regional Tobacco Prevention Coordinators in South Dakota.

Contact Dee Dee Dugstad, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for the South Dakota Department of Health at 773-4932 or for additional information.