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- Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans - Mid-Course Report
- Fit, Healthy and Ready To Learn School Health Guide Updated
- School Height and Weight Data Collection




Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans - Mid-Course Report

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) along with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) convened a subcommittee to review the evidence on strategies to increase physical activity among youth (ages 3-17). The subcommittee, released a draft report of its findings in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report. The final report will be released in 2013.

The mid-course report summarizes intervention strategies based on the evidence from a review-of-reviews literature review and is organized into five settings where youth live, learn, and play:
• Family and Home
• Preschool and Childcare
• School
• Primary Care
• Community

The strategies to increase physical activity among youth are outlined in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.





Fit, Healthy and Ready To Learn School Health Guide Updated

The National Association of State Boards of Education recently published three chapters of its highly praised Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn series of school health policy guides: Policies to Promote Healthy Eating, Policies to Promote Physical Activity and Physical Education (both of which are completely revised from their first editions), and Policies to Promote School Safety and Violence Prevention.

The guides offer recent scientific data; analysis; examples of best practices; and evidence-based models that schools, districts, and states can adapt. The newly revised chapters, which cover healthy eating, physical activity and physical education are:

Chapter D: Policies to Promote Physical Activity and Physical Education

Chapter E: Policies to Promote Healthy Eating





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. Resources to assist with your data collection and obesity prevention activities are available at: doh.sd.gov/SchoolWeight/. This web site also has instructions for taking accurate measurements and information for maintaining confidentiality.

Student’s height and weight can be entered on the Infinite Campus system. Easy to follow instructions for using the Infinite Campus system can be found at: http://doh.sd.gov/SchoolWeight/.

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.

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.








Jan. 2013